CABANATUAN CITY, Nueva Ecija – Thirteen people, including the province's second top priority target of the anti-illegal drugs campaign, fell in simultaneous operations by units of Nueva Ecija Police Provincial Office on Monday.
Col. Marvin Joe Saro, Nueva Ecija police director, said on Tuesday those arrested included four persons with pending arrest warrants for various offenses.
Saro identified the top-ranked suspect as Jonjon Pangilinan y Patiag, 44, of Barangay San Nicolas, Gapan City.
He said Pangilinan was arrested with six sachets of suspected shabu in a buy-bust.
The other suspects for alleged peddling of illegal drugs are Oliver Simbillio, 34; Jaypee Gutierrez, 33; Julius Chris Inductivo, 30; and Allan Santiago, 40; all of San Miguel, Bulacan; Richard Bautista, 35; Louie Arimbuyutan, 23; and Arvin Jay Antonio, all of this city as well as Merwin Manuel, 25, of Guimba, Nueva Ecija.
All of the suspects yielded sachets of shabu of different weight and amount and buy-bust money, police reported.
Meanwhile, those arrested on the strength of arrest warrants for different charges were Carlos Joseph Talplacido, 20, of Barangay Poblacion, San Isidro; Nicasio Constantino, 57, of Sto. Niño, Gapan City; Elly Operario, 67, and Erlinda Operario, 64, of Subol, Guimba town.
Saro said the police will continue the crackdown against peddlers of illegal drugs and wanted persons in the province.
This, he said, is in response to the call of Police Regional Office -3 regional director Brig Gen. Valeriano de Leon to "intensify anti-illegal drugs and manhunt operations to free the entire Central Luzon from lawlessness. (PNA)