The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) successfully arrested three drug personalities and recovered 50 grams of shabu and 19 sachets of marijuana in two simultaneous anti-drug operations conducted in Metro Manila.
PDEA Director General Undersecretary Jose S. Gutierrez, Jr., commended the operatives of the PDEA Regional Office-National Capital Region (PDEA RO-NCR), under the leadership of Dir. Pedrito Magsino, for the accomplishment. PDEA RO-NCR, formerly the PDEA Metro Manila Regional Office (PDEA MMRO), recently underwent re-organization, re-grouping and reformation to improve the over-all effectiveness and efficiency in the implementation of the national anti-drug campaign in the National Capital Region.
In a report to the PDEA Director General, Dir Magsino identified the arrested personalities as Liling Tomawis, 34, Bidori Dimaluna, 45, and Mohamad Jamal Sali, 23, as a result of separate and simultaneous operations conducted by PDEA RO-NCR last October 18, 2011.
An entrapment operation conducted in a popular fast-food chain along Alabang-Zapote Road in Barangay Alabang, Muntinlupa City nailed two female pushers, Liling Tomawis and Bidori Dimaluna, who yielded one small knot-tied transparent plastic containing 50 grams of shabu worth P250,000. Tomawis and Dimaluna are presently detained in the temporary custodial facility of the PDEA RO-NCR.
Simultaneous to the operation conducted in Muntinlupa, another team conducted a buy-bust operation along San Roque St., in Barangay San Jose, Mandaluyong City which resulted in the arrest of Mohamad Jamal Sali and the recovery of 19 plastic sachets containing 18.95 grams of dried marijuana leaves.
According to the PDEA Chief, the accomplishment is a product of series of surveillance operations arising from a report concerning the proliferation of marijuana in Ilaya Barangka Integrated School.
“This highlights the importance of vigilance on the part of the citizenry and the willingness of the people to put illegal drug personalities behind bar. We continue to encourage [the public] to continue reporting to PDEA any suspected illegal drug activities in your community,” Gutierrez said, adding that any report received by PDEA shall be dealt with utmost confidentiality to protect the identity of the individual who provided the report. Evangeline DJ Almenario, Chief, Public Information Office, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency