- Former Lanao del Sur mayor who was allegedly heading a drug syndicate was arrested by authorities
- The syndicate group is the biggest shabu supplier in regions of Mindanao
- Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Northern Mindanao considers the operation as one of their major accomplishments in the anti-drug campaign of the administration
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Northern Mindanao has done one major accomplishment when Former Lanao del Sur mayor was arrested by authorities for allegedly heading a drug syndicate on Saturday.
Former Maguing town mayor Johaira Abinal together with her husband, Army Maj. Suharto Macabuat, who is assigned to the Philippine Army headquarters in Fort Bonifacio, were arrested with suspects Sonny Santican and six others who were allegedly members of the drug ring.
Shabu weighing 200 grams, cash, and a .45 cal. Pistol with live ammunition were recovered inside the couple’s two-storey house in Grand Ballon in Barangay Kauswagan at around 11 a.m.
According to PDEA Northern Mindanao chief Adrian Alvaro, Abinal heads the drug ring which operates as the biggest shabu supplier in Southern and Northern Mindanao, Caraga, Central Mindanao, and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
Alvaro said that the group are dealing shabu in bulks and that payment transactions are through banks and on consignment basis if orders are huge. He added that the group picks up supply from Chinese drug lords in Manila that has been involved in illegal trade for the past 15 years.
“This is the first time group members had been arrested,” Alvaro said, considering the operation as one of PDEA’s major accomplishments in President Rodrogo Duterte’s anti-drug campaign.
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Abinal denied the allegation and said that she is not involved in drug trafficking.
Glan, Saranggani Mayor Victor James Yap warned 1,693 drug traffickers who surrendered on Wednesday to abide by the conditions, saying that the local government will help them start a new life, given that they will not return to illegal activities.
“If they abide by the terms and conditions of their surrender, the local government will do whatever it takes to help them start a new life. If not, sorry, but their family will be spared the funeral expenses,” Yap said. “I say to you now and I won’t say it again: reform or rest forever in peace,” – AA, Kami Media
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