PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) chief, General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar on Tuesday lauded members of the Taguig City Police Station for the arrest of two men who yielded more than P9 million worth of shabu Monday while they were strictly implementing quarantine protocols to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.
Citing a report from Southern Police District (SPD) director, Brigadier Gen. Jimili L. Macaraeg, the top cop said members of the Taguig City Police Station 6 led by Major Crisanto Agualin arrested the suspects during the enforcement of minimum public health safety standards specifically the mandatory wearing of face masks in their area.
It turned out that the Taguig City policemen accosted suspects Jemboy Pascual and Eskak Kamsa for not wearing face masks.
When the policemen reminded the two men to wear face masks, the suspects suddenly ran off to the surprise of the police personnel who chased them.
When the Taguig City cops caught the suspects, they found out why the two men tried to escape: they were in possession of 27 pieces of heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets containing 1.350 kilograms of shabu worth P9,180,000.
They also had with them P10,000 cash and a weighing scale.
“I commend the Taguig City Police for confiscating and removing this huge volume of illegal drugs from the streets. Nakita ko rin na ginagawa nila ang kanilang tungkulin sa pagroronda na nagbunga sa pagkakaaresto ng dalawang suspek,” Gen .Eleazar said.
The suspects are now being held at the Taguig City Police Drug Enforcement Unit’s lock-up facility facing non-bailable charges for possession of prohibited drugs under Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, said Macaraeg.