The seven drug suspects who were arrested in separate buy-bust operations in Pandacan, Manila
MANILA, Philippines — Only a few weeks since their last brush with authorities, two alleged drug pushers are back in jail after being arrested in separate buy-bust operations in Pandacan, Manila on Wednesday night.
Police have identified the prime suspects as Juan Miguel Bautista (alias Iggy) and his alleged accomplice, Joseph Malicsi (alias Opet).
Bautista was the first to fall in the entrapment that police set at the corner of Nagtahan Street and Jesus Street in Pandacan at 6pm, Wednesday night (December 12).
“Nakahalata siya na pulis ‘yung katransaksyon niya. Sumakay siya sa motor niya at pinaharurot niya ng takbo. So, itong mga back-up operatives natin, hinabol siya mula rito sa Pandacan,dumaan ng Sampaloc, hanggang makarating ng area ng Galas, Quezon City,” said PSInsp. Pidencio Saballo Jr., chief of MPD PS-10Station Drug Enforcement Team.
While fleeing on a motorcycle, Bautista lost his balance and fell to the ground, allowing the police to catch up and arrest him.
Bautista led authorities to his accomplice who was staying at a motel in España, Manila which the suspects used as a drug den.
A follow up operation was immediately conducted which resulted in the arrest of Malicsi and five others who were either runners or users of shabu.
Bautista and Malicsi admitted to selling drugs.
“Mayroon pa pong may source po eh. Hindi ako. Kung baga, may binibilhan rin po kami,” revealed Malicsi.
PSInsp. Saballo said the two prime suspects had been jailed before for drug charges but were able to post bail.
All seven suspects are now under the custody of the Manila Police District and will be charged for violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. — Asher Cadapan Jr. | UNTV News & Rescue