THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency yesterday announced the killing of a top drug trafficker, the arrest of eight known drug personalities and the confiscation of over P1 million worth of shabu following a series of anti-narcotics operations in the countryside.
PDEA chair, Director General Aaron N. Aquino said that one of those arrested was Gabriel Mondigo, an administrative aide at the Northern Samar Municipal Hall who was arrested after he sold shabu to an undercover officer of the PDEA Regional Office 8 in Barangay Balite, San Isidro municipality last Wednesday.
Recovered from the suspect were some P2,000 worth of shabu and the marked bill paid to him by a poseur.
In Matina, Davao City, suspected drug group leader Felimon Panilagao Jr. alias’ Benjo’ and his cohorts Joel Felimon Perez and his brother Noel were arrested during a sting conducted by members of the PDEA Regional Office 11. Recovered from the suspects who were all top drug targets in Southern Mindanao were 10 grams of shabu worth P68,000 and various drug paraphernalia.
The three were arrested during a buy-bust operation in Saint Uriel Street in Coca-Cola Village in Matina, Davao City.
Another operation in Davao del Norte last Monday resulted in the killing of Sammy Salig alias ‘Samd/Sammy Kudarat’ after he shot it out with officers. Arrested during the sting was Norodin Canid Kudarat.
According to Aquino, members of the PDEA Regional Office 11 and the local police conducted the operation at 8:45 p.m. Monday. The sting turned awry when Salig pulled out a concealed Uzi machine pistol after sensing the presence of undercover officers in the area and started shooting prompting the lawmen to retaliate. The suspect died while being taken to the Davao Regional Hospital.
Recovered during the operation were 71 grams of suspected shabu worth P853,000, the Uzi machine pistol with several live ammunition and assorted drug paraphernalia.
In Abra, PDEA Cordillera officers arrested Jomar Purugganan alias ‘Mamay,’ a 35-year-old residence of Bgy. Gaddani in Tayum municipality following a raid which led in the seizure of 21 heat-sealed plastic sachets containing around 25 grams of suspected shabu worth P14,000, one caliber 9mm pistol with nine live ammunition and a magazine and various drug paraphernalia.
In Dagupan City, Pangasinan, PDEA Region 1 agents arrested the 4th most wanted drug personality in the province identified as Ryad Anselmo during a buy-bust operation, in Bgy. Bonuan Gueset. Recovered from the suspect were some P2,000 worth of shabu, the marked money he received from the undercover officer and a Yamaha Mio motorcycle which he used to transport the drugs.