WAR ON DRUGS

Tempo - - News - (Lie­zle Basa Iñigo) (Fran­cis T. Wake­field) (Mar T. Sup­nad)

CAGAYAN: The Philip­pine Drug En­force­ment Agency (PDEA) has de­clared Sta. Tere­sita in Cagayan the first-ever drug-clear mu­nic­i­pal­ity here. Lau­refel P. Ga­bales, Re­gional Di­rec­tor, PDEA RO II, made the dec­la­ra­tion yes­ter­day at a gath­er­ing at Sta. Tere­sita Gym­na­sium, re­lat­ing how Sta. Tere­sita suc­cess­fully com­pleted all pa­ram­e­ters of the Barangay Drug Clear­ing Pro­gram pur­suant to DDB Board Reg­u­la­tion No. 3, Series of 2017. Hon. An­drew Vin­cent Pagu­rayan, Con­sul­tant on Lo­cal Gov­er­nance and Anti-Drug Mat­ters, rep­re­sented Hon. Gover­nor Manuel N. Mamba dur­ing the ac­tiv­ity. Mean­while, Mayor Lolita Dela Cruz Gar­cia urged her con­stituents, es­pe­cially the BADACs, to work dou­bly hard to main­tain the drug­clear sta­tus of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

SULU: Two in­di­vid­u­als sus­pected to be in­volved in the il­le­gal drug trade were killed by po­lice in an op­er­a­tion in Barangay Lam­bago, Luuk, Sulu at 1:50 a.m. Wed­nes­day. Lt. Gen. Car­l­ito G. Galvez, Jr., Armed Forces of the Philip­pines-West­ern Min­danao Com­mand (AFP-WestMinCom) chief, iden­ti­fied those killed as Al­sidi Anji and Ben­jie Dum­daydi. Galves said the two died af­ter shoot­ing it out with po­lice. Their re­mains were turned over to Arafi Ha­j­iron, a barangay ka­gawad of Tubig Pu­tih, Luuk, Sulu. They were sub­se­quently taken by rel­a­tives to Barangay Bu­langsih, Pana­mao, Sulu. Among items seized from the two were a Garand ri­fle, shabu, and drug para­pher­na­lia.

PAMPANGA: Two sus­pected drug per­son­al­i­ties were killed, while eight oth­ers were ar­rested in var­i­ous anti-il­le­gal drug op­er­a­tions con­ducted by po­lice in Bu­la­can, Pampanga and Bataan on Thurs­day. Killed in Sta. Maria, Bu­la­can and Norza­garay, Bu­la­can, re­spec­tively, were Ron­nie So­rio and one alias To­toy. Both al­legedly en­gaged the po­lice in a fire­fight. Ar­rested in sep­a­rate buy-bust op­er­a­tions in Bataan were Dante Ri­carte, Jojo Balma, Jonathan So­ri­ano, and Jay Amar. Col­lared in Pampanga were Rolando Mer­cado, Michael Mal­lari, Richard La­puz and Manuel Osias. Re­cov­ered from the sus­pects were guns of dif­fer­ent cal­ibers, as with pack­ets of shabu and marked money.

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