5 cemetery druggies held

March 19, 2019

ALMOST three years after five suspected drug personalities were massacred inside Tugatog Cemetery, five young men, including three minors were arrested after they were caught holding a pot session at the same public cemetery Monday night in Malabon City.

Malabon police chief Senior Supt. Jessie Tamayao identified the arrested suspects as Sean Mathew Lomongo, 19 of Town and Country Subdivision, Abangan, Marilao, Bulacan, Eric Bryan Espinos, 19, of Concepcion St., Bgy. Tugatog and three minors aged 16 to 17 who were all residents of Bgy. Tugatog.

Investigation showed that while elements of Malabon Police Community Precinct (PCP) 4 were conducting foot patrol at around 9 p.m. inside Tugatog Cemetery, they smelled marijuana near the columbarium.

When policemen went near the columbarium, they chanced upon a group of young men in the act of sniffing marijuana, prompting lawmen to place them under arrest.

Recovered from the suspects were four heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets containing suspected high grade dried marijuana leaves and several pieces of drug paraphernalia.

It can be recalled that on the evening of July 21, 2016, five suspected drug personalities who were having a pot session inside Tugatog Cemetery were peppered with bullets by four motorcycle riding armed men wearing black bonnets.

The suspects left two pieces of folded bond papers with threatening words against those who will try to utilize the public cemetery as drug den that they will again carry out another attack against drug pushers and users.

Since then, drug suspects avoided and refrained from conducting pot session inside the public cemetery until the other night when five young men were caught holding a pot session.