Suspects nabbed at Barangay Greater Lagro, Mindanao extension District 5, Quezon City on October 24, 2018
QUEZON CITY, Philippines — A man and his niece were arrested Wednesday at dawn for allegedly dealing illegal drugs at Barangay Pinyahan, Quezon City.
The two had been placed under surveillance by the Quezon City Police District for two weeks prior to the buy-bust operation.
The suspects were identified as George Cagioa alias Tatang, (59), and Irish Michaela Padilla alias Negra, both residents of Baranay Pinyahan.
Authorities found the suspects in possession of 10 sachets of suspected shabu, a cellphone and three P100 bills that were used in the buy-bust operation.
Police also arrested a buyer identified as Romeo de Ocampo.
The suspects vehemently denied ownership of the recovered illegal drugs.
“Nanonood po ako ng telebisyon bigla silang pumunta sa bahay ko. Hindi po akin yan, nasa labas po ako nung naghalughog sila. Hindi ko po alam bakit nagkaroon diyan (I was watching the television when they [police] barged into my house. Those [drugs] are not mine, I was outside when they searched the house. I don’t how those got in there), ” said Cagioa.
Barangay Councilor Anthony Prodigalidad said that their area has been suffering from the menace of illegal drugs and they prepared to work with authorities in solving it.
“Sakit na sa ulo…sabi ko nga ‘kalian ba mahihinto ang problema sa droga sa Pinyahan? (It’s such a pain. I ask myself, “When will Pinayahan be rid of this drug problem”), he said.
Meanwhile, another drug pusher was caught under the anti-criminality law enforcement operation of Barangay Pasong Tamo in Quezon City.
The suspect, Efren Pipen Ramo, has been arrested and jailed three times already for robbery and hold-up.
Ramo said he went into drug dealing because he needed the money to make ends meet after the motorized tricycle he used to operate for his livelihood broke down.
“Nagbebenta po ako pero bihira lang po. Bihira lang po kapag may iniwan, kapag may dumating. Sira po tricycle ko. Nagsisisi po kaya nga lang kailangan eh, (I sell drugs but not all the time. I only sell when a supply comes in. My tricycle needs repair. I regret [dealing drugs] but I had to) said Ramo.
Another buy-bust operation by the PNP at Barangay Greater Lagro, Mindanao extension District 5, Quezon City, yielded five arrests.
The police were targeting a suspected drug pusher Hadji Hassim, who operates in the area.
“Mailap po talaga yan kasi tingin [namin] malaking tulak yang si Hadji (Hadji is really elusive because he is believed to be a notorious pusher),” PNP Station 5 Police Chief Inspector Don-Don Lapitan said.
Authorities were able to recover from the operation one SUV, a motorcycle, buy-bust money, three cellphones and five sachets of suspected illegal drugs. — Gerry Galicia