PDEA agents, po­lice ac­cused of steal­ing in op­er­a­tion

A sis­ter of the drug sus­pect ar­rested in a raid in Barangay Bu­la­cao, Tal­isay City ac­cused the mem­bers of the raid­ing team of steal­ing sev­eral valu­able items from their house dur­ing the op­er­a­tion.

The Freeman - - NEWS - — Er­mida Q. Mo­radas, Mae Cly­dyl L. Avila and Iris Mar­i­ani B. Al­gabre/MBG

Sus­pect Baysay Cus­to­dio was ar­rested by agents of the Philip­pine Drug En­force­ment Agency (PDEA) -7 and mem­bers of the Re­gional Drug En­force­ment Unit (RDEU) and Re­gional Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions Group (RSOG) on Thurs­day evening.

Seized dur­ing the op­er­a­tion were 250 grams of sus­pected shabu with an es­ti­mated value of more than P1.2 mil­lion.

Ac­cord­ing to au­thor­i­ties, Cus­to­dio is a high-value tar­get in regions 7 and 8 and an al­leged un­der­ling of self-con­fessed drug lord, Ker­win Espinosa.

Her older sis­ter said that they lost sev­eral valu­able items in­clud­ing gad­gets, a watch and their house key.

She also de­nies the al­le­ga­tion against her sis­ter and in­sists that she is in­no­cent.

“Nasasak­tan ta­laga kami kasi in­os­inte iyung ka­p­atid namin.Iyung mga gad­gets ng mga pa­mangkin ko nawala, relo ko pati ang susi ng ba­hay,” she said. (We are hurt be­cause my sis­ter is in­no­cent and we lost sev­eral gad­gets, my watch and our house key.)

PDEA-7 Re­gional Di­rec­tor Emer­son Mar­gate is chal­leng­ing Cus­to­dio's fam­ily to file a for­mal com­plaint so they can look into the al­le­ga­tions.

How­ever, he said that steal­ing of items dur­ing raids is un­likely be­cause PDEA agents were prop­erly briefed of the stan­dard op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dure.

“Pero very un­likely naman iyung mga ganoong al­le­ga­tions, pero kung ganoon nga ay mag­file nalang sila ng for­mal com­plaint tu­lun­gan nalang kami para kung ma­p­atu­nayan ay hindi naman na tini-tol­er­ate iyun,” said Mar­gate. (That's very un­likely but they should file a com­plaint so we can look into it be­cause we do not tol­er­ate this act.)

He said that this is not the first time that they were ac­cused of steal­ing and this is ex­pected if their op­er­a­tion is done against high-value tar­gets and big play­ers.

Mar­gate said Cus­to­dio is a big player in the il­le­gal drug busi­ness in regions 7 and 8 and she is in­cluded on the list of President Ro­drigo Duterte.

“Pat­tern na iyan nila eh. Lage nalang may nawawala. Ni­wawala nila tayo sa fo­cus natin which is to go af­ter drug sus­pects,” Mar­gate said. (Ac­cus­ing us of steal­ing has be­come a pat­tern be­cause they want us to be out of our fo­cus which is go­ing af­ter drug sus­pects.)

PDEA -7 agents are now fac­ing a com­plaint be­fore the Visayas Om­buds­man af­ter an al­leged drug sus­pect ar­rested in Man­daue City last July ac­cused them of steal­ing P7.7 mil­lion worth of cash and jew­elry dur­ing the op­er­a­tion.

Mar­gate said their head of­fice is con­duct­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion but they haven't re­ceived any feed­back yet.

Mar­gate as­sured they will not be shaken by these al­le­ga­tions be­cause they are do­ing their job right.

He re­vealed PDEA-7 is plan­ning to pro­cure body cam­eras for trans­parency in their op­er­a­tions.

Mean­while, au­thor­i­ties ar­rested four drug per­son­al­i­ties in two sep­a­rate op­er­a­tions in Cebu City last Fri­day night and seized more than P140, 000 worth of drugs.

Op­er­a­tives of Cebu City Po­lice Of­fice (CCPO) Drug En­force­ment Agency (DEU) Juvy Taboada, and Mar­lon Te­jano in Sitio Ma­haya­hay, Barangay Calamba, past 10 p.m. Fri­day.

Seized from Taboada were 15 small plas­tic sa­chets of sus­pected shabu while from Te­jano were two medium-sized plas­tic packs and five small sa­chets of sus­pected shabu.

About an hour af­ter, the same team ar­rested Al­bert Rafols, 30, and on Gen­eral Gines Street, Barangay Suba.

Re­cov­ered from Rafols were seven small packs of shabu while from Dacua were eight packs of sus­pected shabu.

All in all, the seized drugs weighed 11.75 grams with an es­ti­mated street value of P138,650.

In an­other op­er­a­tion, two le­chon ven­dors were nabbed in sep­a­rate buy-bust op­er­a­tions con­ducted by agents of PDEA– 7 in Tal­isay City, Cebu on Satur­day dawn and seized were about P400,000 worth of sus­pected shabu.

The sus­pects were iden­ti­fied as Dios­dada ‘In­day Yawa' Aguilar, 60, a res­i­dent of Barangay Tangke and Dandin Bas, 26, a res­i­dent of Barangay Bi­a­song.

PDEA – 7 Spokesper­son Leia Al­biar said seized from Aguilar were 11 packs of sus­pected shabu weigh­ing50 grams with an es­ti­mated value of P250,000 while from Bas were medium packs of sus­pected shabu weigh­ing 20 grams with an es­ti­mated value of P100, 000.

Al­biar said that both sus­pects are on the PDEA- 7 watch­list.

In Danao City, eight al­leged drug per­son­al­i­ties were nabbed in three sep­a­rate buy-bust op­er­a­tions in barangays Sa­bang and Looc on Fri­day.

Po­lice iden­ti­fied the sus­pects as Lester Lawas, Elizar Ca­puyan, Cyrus Duterte, Rey­naldo Murillo, Al­fie Murillo, and Jun­rey Murillo.

Con­fis­cated dur­ing the op­er­a­tions were 61 small packs of sus­pected shabu with an es­ti­mated value of P39,990.

Also seized was P1, 700 cash be­lieved to be pro­ceeds from the sus­pect's il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties.

Dur­ing the op­er­a­tion, two al­leged drug users iden­ti­fied as Karol John Ban­zon and Ja­son Al­mor­agie were also ar­rested.

In Car­car City, two street level drug per­son­al­i­ties were ar­rested in a buy bust op­er­a­tion in Si­tioTan­gasan, Barangay Val­ladolid Fri­day af­ter­noon.

Ar­rested were Rol­lyBar­rido, 30, and Bimpo Apura, 33, both res­i­dents of the said place.

Po­lice Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Gre­go­rio Gal­sim said the ar­rested sus­pects were un­der sur­veil­lance since last year.

Five packs of sus­pected shabu es­ti­mated to worth P1,770 were seized from their pos­ses­sion.

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