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Tokhang shoots one, arrests five

January 7 - 13, 2017

CAMP ALFREDO BANTUG - Since its start on July 1, 2016, Operation “Tokhang” (knock and plead) under “Project Double Barrel” has left an impressive number of drug dependents reforming and confessing to authorities, while also leaving a long trail of bloody incidents due to the national government’s intensified crackdown on illegal drug activities.

In Sogod, three suspected drug pushers were arrested in a buy-bust operation conducted by anti-illegal drug operatives led by Police Chief Inspector Delfin Tan.

The accused were identified by police as Rafael Catajoy Morallos, Jason Lincopines Bahian and Val Rosal Nepomucino. Police claim that the three were reportedly caught conspiring and helping one another in selling drugs.

Allegedly seized from the trio’s possession were 14 heat-sealed plastic packets of suspected shabu, 4,250 pesos and six 1 US dollar bills and a Nokia mobile phone.

Another suspected drug pusher was shot dead in a hilly portion in barangay Santolan, Macrohon town. The fatality was identified as 55- year-old farmer Felimon Labolabo. According to police, Labolabo allegedly drew his .38 caliber pistol when he sensed that he was dealing with a police poseur-buyer.

The suspect, who was considered by the police as a “high value target,” was under police surveillance for two weeks. Recovered from the crime scene were 4 pieces of shabu, 820 cash money and a gun.

Further more, a known drug pusher, Janray Hamoa Acasio, 18 years old, from barangay Basak Rizal, Maasin City and a computer technician Ruel Parantar Cadenas from San Antonio, Malitbog, were also arrested for the same offense. Seized from their respective possessions were 4 pcs of dried, packed marijuana leaves, 500 pesos and a piece of heat-sealed suspected shabu.

Oplan "Tokhang" is an off-shoot police operation wherein suspected drug users and traders are convinced by police to voluntarily surrender.(By MARK L. RIMAS)






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