Camp Major Bado Dangwa, La Trinidad Benguet: In a separate manhunt operation, the Ten Most Wanted Persons (TMWP) of Apayao and Kalinga were captured and other four drug suspects were arrested on November 4, 2019.

Armed with a warrant of arrest, Apayao’s listed No.8 TMWP identified as Calvin T. Masula, 38, farmer, and presently residing at Poblacion, Luna, Apayao was arrested for the crime of Attempted Murder at Barangay Lappa Luna, Apayao by the joint personnel of Luna police, Intelligence and Investigation personnel of Apayao PPO. While Kalinga’s listed No. 5, TMWP, Edelio M. Baawa, 47 was caught in his resident at Buaya, Balbalan, Kalinga for the crime of Attempted Parricide by the joint personnel of Balbalan MPS, PIB and PMFC, Kalinga PPO.

Both Masula and Baawa have recommended bailbond of Php120,000.00 each issued by Judges Victor R Cumigad of RTC Branch 26, Luna, Apayao and Randy Bulwayan of RTC Br 39, Lubuagan, Kalinga, respectively.

Meanwhile, in a buy-bust operation conducted by the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) three drug suspects were separately arrested after they sold shabu to the operatives who acted as poseur buyer.

High Value Target (HVT) Jessie C. Puruganan, 40 and a resident of Upper Balsigan, Baguio City and Anthony R. Castillo aka Tulig, 42, and a resident of Kisad Road, Baguio City were pinned down in Barangay Upper Balsigan, Baguio City after they conspired to vend a sachet containing suspected shabu worth Php23,137.2 weighing more than 3.8 grams to one of the operatives who posed as a buyer. In the course of the operation, two (2) more sachet containing suspected shabu and assorted drug paraphernalia and buy-bust money were confiscated and recovered from their possession. Moreover, Emil Jay P. Navalta,  21 and a resident of Purok 2 Padre Zamora, Baguio City was caught in Purok 19 San Carlos Heights, Irisan, Baguio City and seized from his possession were one heat sealed plastic sachet containing suspected shabu weighing more or less 0.3 grams worth Php1,000.00 and Php1,000.00 buy bust money.

Likewise, Benguet police arrested another drug pusher identified as Manny Rex D. Sales aka “Rex”, 34 years old in his resident at Shamolog, Pico, La Trinidad, Benguet in the night of the same day. Confiscated evidence were two (2) sachets containing suspected shabu, Php1,000.00 buy bust money and one Samsung cellphone.

All arrested individuals are now under the custody of the police while cases of RA 9165 known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act of 2002 were filed against the arrested drug suspects.

PBGEN Israel Ephraim Dickson, PROCOR Regional Director also lauded operating units for their noteworthy accomplishments. “May the continuous arrest wanted persons and drug personalities send a message to all outlaws that Cordillera is not a safe refuge for them, we will hunt them down and eventually put them in jail”, Gen Dickson said. (PROCOR RPIO)