Malolos City—At least 23 persons were arrested in different localities in Bulacan during sting operations conducted by policemen over the weekend.
Col. Emma M. Libunao, acting Bulacan provincial police director, said anti-illegal drug operations in Bustos, Obando, Bulakan, San Jose Del Monte, and Meycauayan led to the arrests of 13 suspects on the Philippine National Police/Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency unified drug watch list.
They were identified as Jomar P. Hilario alias “Pute”; Adrian Verdadero; Gerardo P. Tolentino; Adrian Abuel; Gilbert Sunga alias “Ibet”; Jonas Restua alias “Baboy”; Narciso Valencia Jr; Benigno Mendoza; Joshue Danao; Darwin Ayso; Renato Torreon; Elizieldo Arrojado alias “Thata”; and Mark Anthony Dela Cruz.
Some 34 plastic sachets of suspected shabu, assorted shabu paraphernalia, and buy-bust money were confiscated.
A suspect identified as Rhohel Santiago was arrested during an “Oplan Sita” checkpoint of the 1st Provincial Mobile Force at Sitio Looban, Brgy. Tabang, Plaridel.
Initially, Santiago, riding a black motorcycle, was flagged down for not wearing a helmet. Instead of stopping, the suspect tried to escape but was caught by other operatives in the area.
When Santos pulled out his driver’s license from his wallet, a transparent plastic sachet containing marijuana was seen by police officers, prompting his arrest.
Meanwhile, police tracker teams of San Rafael, Balagtas, Hagonoy, Santa Maria, Malolos, San Jose Del Monte City, Calumpit and Bocaue conducted manhunts against wanted persons and netted eight fugitives.
Arrested were Philip Dela Cruz in Brgy. Capihan, San Rafael; Efren Cayanan in Brgy Panginay, Balagtas for concubinage; Marilou Crisostomo in Brgy. Sto. Rosario, Hagonoy for violation of Bouncing Check Law; Alfeo Leynes, detained at BJMP Santa Maria town as a warrant was served on him for three counts of rape.
Romeo Surio in Brgy. Dakila, Malolos for reckless imprudence resulting in damage to property; Albert Bulawan for attempted murder; Alejandro Buensuceso for violation of Anti-Fencing Law; and Inocencio Licudan in Brgy. Batia, Bocaue for reckless imprudence resulting in homicide.
An anti-illegal gambling raid was also conducted in Brgy. Muzon, SJDM leading to the arrest of Arjay Salalima Tan, staff (peryante) and Raffy Baldemor Gutierrez (bettor), who were caught playing an illegal colors game. Seized were gambling paraphernalia and P820 in bet money.
Charges have been filed in court against the suspects on the instruction of PNP Central Luzon regional director Brigadier General Rhodel O. Sermonia, in line with the marching orders of newly-appointed PNP Director General Archie Gamboa.