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Caraga PNP wages all-out war against drugs

by PSI Nelly Tabornal Villagarcia

Butuan City (6 February) -- PNP Caraga Regional Director PCSUPT Jaime Eloreta Milla CSE IV issued a strong message that an all-out war is now in the offing against drugs personalities in the area in response to the call of Her Excellency Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, to prevent the illegal drug trade from destroying Philippine Society and corrupting the government.

The Police Regional Office 13 in tandem with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) conducted an all-out campaign on January 8, 2009 (Thursday) against drugs personalities in Caraga which resulted to the arrest of known drug pusher in the locality identified as Candi Pananggilaan y Malubae as Tatay Candi, 52 years old, married, a native of Lanao del Sur and with postal address at Purok-8 Barangay San Ignacio, Butuan City.

Candi was arrested by elements of Butuan City Police Office (BCPO) during the conduct of Anti-Illegal Drugs Operations through buy-bust operations and at the same time PNP operatives conducted simultaneous search to his residence through valid search warrant issued by Hon Judge Francisco F Maclang Presiding Judge, Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 3, Butuan City.

After the said search, a Jordanian National identified as Mohammad Magaed Al Azzam married to a Filipina residing at 1st Street Guingona Subdivision, Butuan City, came to the office of PSUPT Francisco D Dungo Jr, Station Commander Butuan City Police Station 1 and tried to negotiate said PNP officer for the immediate release of suspect Candi Pananggilaan, by offering Fifty Thousand Pesos (Php 50,000.00) in exchange for the dropping of charges against the suspect.

After having been informed of such, PSUPT Dungo ordered the entrapment operations against Al Azzam which resulted to his arrest.

A case for bribery, in an inquest proceedings was filed against said Jordanian National, docketed under IS number XIII-o1-INV-09A-00030.

Police still looking into the angle of the alleged drug trade business of the suspect. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga) [top]

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