MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency on Friday said it has noted an increase in number of women selling illegal drugs.
The agency said 213 female drug personalities including 135 pushers, 51 possessors, 16 users, 4 drug maintainers, 5 traffickers and 2 cohorts have already been arrested nationwide since January 2012 up to present.
PDEA Director General Undersecretary Jose S. Gutierrez, Jr. said another three female drug personalities were arrested in separate buy-bust operations of PDEA recently.
On July 7, 2012, Aida Bayao, 37, and her brother, Januddin, were arrested by combined elements of PDEA Regional Office 12, police and Philippine Army (PA) after a search warrant was served against them at their residence in Magulang, Maitum, Sarangani Province. The suspects yielded two plastic sachets of shabu and assorted drug paraphernalia.
On the same day, another female pusher identified as Epifania Limatog, 50, was arrested by elements of PDEA Regional Office 7 at her residence along Luna Street, Barangay Mabolo, Cebu City after she sold two plastic sachets of shabu to a PDEA agents. Limatog yielded additional 21 plastic sachets of shabu.
In Zone 1, Digus City, Davao del Sur, combined elements of PDEA Regional Office 11 (PDEA RO11) under Director Emerson Rosales and PNP arrested Cherry Mae Perez, 25, during a buy-bust operation after she sold one plastic sachet of shabu to a PDEA agent. Also recovered from Perez was one plastic sachet of shabu.
The Bayao siblings face charges for violation of Section 11 (Possession of Dangerous Drugs) and Section 12 (Possession of Paraphernalia), Article II of the Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, while charges for selling (Section 5) and possession of dangerous drugs (Section 11), Article II of RA 9165, are being prepared for filing in court against Limatog and Perez.