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Arrest of ‘big fishes’ boosts anti-illegal drug campaign


KORONADAL CITY --- Praise was heaped on local police operatives and agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency(PDEA) for "a job well done" in arresting two alleged bigtime "shabu" operators here.

City Mayor Peter Miguel said the suspects' arrest did not only boost the city's anti-illegal drugs campaign but also the entire province's campaign against illegal drugs.

Police said the arrested suspects are members of two prominent families in the city, one of whom is a businessman and reportedly a younger brother of a former city councilor here while the other one is allegedly a nephew of a former governor and congressman of South Cotabato's second district.

"I commend the team for the arrest of the suspects. I admired them for courageously showing to the people that no one is above the law," Miguel said.

"Mayaman ka man o mahirap basta gumawa ka ng illegal kailangan ka hulihin," Miguel stressed.

Reports said several sachets of suspected "shabu" were seized from the suspects during a buy-bust operation inside a restaurant in Barangay Paraiso, more or less two kilometers away from the city proper.

One of the suspects' companions, a former narcotic agent was able to elude arrest, police said.

An official from the Koronadal City police said they are exerting efforts to locate the whereabouts of the suspect, who is allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade in the province.

Miguel is hoping that the arrests of the suspects would serve as a warning to other members of wealthy families here involved in the proliferation of the prohibited drugs like "shabu."

South Cotabato Governor Arthur Pingoy Jr. also praised the city police operatives and PDEA agents for doing their jobs.

Pingoy vowed to give more support to the provincial-based PDEA personnel and agents as a reward for "catching the big fishes" involved in illegal drug trade in the province.

"It would likely slow down drug trafficking in the province following the suspects' arrest," Pingoy said. | Reported by RAMIL BAJO

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