A 44-year-old drug pusher figured that having an illegal drug transaction before noon inside a graveyard would be less prone to suspicion. (Or so he thought)
Anti-narcotics agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Regional Office 2 (PDEA RO2) arrested Philip Catabui, a resident of Centro Cabagan, Isabela, in a buy-bust operation inside Cabagan Public Cemetery, Barangay Ugad, Cabagan, Isabela on November 23, 2011.
PDEA Director General Undersecretary Jose S. Gutierrez, Jr., said that Catabui, who worked as a farmer, was caught in the act of selling two pieces of heat-sealed plastic sachets containing shabu, in consideration of P 2,500.00 he handed over to a PDEA agent who acted as buyer.
Catabui also yielded two units of mobile phone and one unit of Honda Wave 100R motorcycle, with plate number 9430 BB during the operation.
The suspect is now temporarily detained at the Cabagan Police Station. Catabui is now facing charges for violation of Section 5 (sale of dangerous drugs), Article II of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
The same day, a watch-listed drug personality was arrested by elements of PDEA Albay Provincial Office, in collaboration with Legazpi Police during an entrapment operation along the vicinity of Barangay Centro Baybay, Legazpi City.
The suspect, identified as Renan Literal, 36 years old, yielded two transparent shabu sachets, three units of mobile phone, one of which contains text messages of illegal drug transactions and the buy-bust money used during the operation.
Literal is now under the custody of PDEA Regional Office 5. Evangeline DJ. Almenario, Chief, Public Information Office, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency