3 deaths, P2M drugs seized in OTBT op



Illegal drugs with an estimated value of P2.1 million, firearms and drug paraphernalia (on the table) were confiscated from suspicious drug personalities (seated background) during a "One Time, Big Time" operation in the cities of Talisay and Mandaue on Wednesday and Thursday. CDN PHOTO / JUNE MENDOZA

Pregnant woman with & # 39; Parojinog links & # 39; arrested between 75

At least three presumed personalities of drugs were killed while 75 others, including a pregnant woman who was considered a member of the drug gang Parojinog, were arrested in simultaneous police anti-drug operations carried out from Wednesday evening to Thursday morning in different parts of Cebu.

The operation "Oplan Silhig" also mentioned 240 grams of suspected shabu with an estimated value of P 2.1 million.

It was the second time that it was once performed by the regional police station in Central Visayas (PRO-7) this year. The first resulted in the death of eight suspected drug personages and the seizure of more than P8 million of illicit drugs.

Yesterday's operation was only carried out by the Mandaue City Police Office (MCPO) and the Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO).

Fatalities

Meanwhile, the police identified the fatalities as Parolito Obrero of Talisay City, Eugene Fermin of Mandaue City, and Phil Jon Ediza of Moalboal, in the southwest of Cebu.

Chief Supt. Debold Sinas, director of PRO-7, said that the murdered suspects have tried to involve agents in a gunfight and force them to strike back.

"They were armed, we could confiscate firearms from their property," Sinas said.

Obrero and Fermin were killed during a failed operation while Ediza was killed during a gunfight with agents serving his search warrant.

Parojinog group member?

Sinas also revealed that one of those arrested in Talisay City is believed to be a member of the infamous Parojinog drug group in Ozamis City.

Jurilyn Pagalan, 37, was arrested on the basis of an arrest warrant. It is said that she is a resident of Barangay Bitoon in Ozamis City and reportedly eight months pregnant.

"Most likely, the drugs in Barangay Tangke in Talisay City come from the Parojinog group, but we will still question her so that we know the truth," Sinas said.

Sinas said that Pagalan had an arrest warrant in Oroqueta City in Mindanao, but designed arrest and went to Cebu.

Sinas added that Pagalan first stayed in Lapu-Lapu City wherever she was included in the police list of drugs and was then transferred to Barangay Tangke in Talisay City, where she was finally arrested.

In an interview, Pagalan denied the accusations and insisted that she stopped selling illegal drugs a long time ago.

She also claimed that she does not know the Parojinogs personally, but is familiar with the last name because they are politicians.

"Dili ug wala koy connection nila (I am not connected with them)," Pegalan said.

Gullas was worried

In the meantime, Talisay, mayor Eduardo Gullas Sr. his concern about the perception that his city is turning into a refuge for drugs based on the amount of drugs and the number of drug workers arrested there.

The local chief executive said he will try to curb the problem by increasing the visibility of the police by setting up additional police substations in at least four hotspot barangays.

Gullas will also meet with members of the PNP and barangay officials of Tangke to develop strategies to stop the drug problem in the aforementioned barangay.

OTBT

The operation "One Time, Big Time" was conducted two days after President Rodrigo Duterte announced during his visit to Cebu City on Tuesday that "almost all" police and agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Cebu are "addicts". "And are involved in the illegal drug trade.

But Sinas said that the operation had not been carried out because of the president's remarks, but that the plan was planned weeks before Duterte's visit.

Sinas admitted that illegal drugs remain a major problem in Cebu, but that his men are doing their best to limit it.

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