Barangay chair nabbed in Cebu drug bust


Posted at Jul 08 2017 05:38 PM

MANILA- Anti-drug agents this week arrested a barangay chairman in a Cebu town for alleged drug links as authorities pursued the administration's anti-narcotics campaign.

Epifania Alvizo, village chief of Barangay Malabago in Badian town, was arrested Wednesday in her own turf during a sting operation by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA). 

Authorities confiscated from Alvizo close to 550 grams of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu), estimated to have a street value of P1.5 million, said PDEA Director General Isidro Lapeña.

PDEA's report on Alvizo’s arrest came Saturday, just after three other Cebu officials fell in separate drug raids in San Fernando town on Friday.

President Rodrigo Duterte has many times spoken out against government officials who are themselves involved in the drug trade. 

Meanwhile, PDEA agents separately arrested drug suspect Ronan Librando Wednesday in an operation in Sitio Cabil-isan, Barangay Banhigan, also in Badian town.

Operatives seized from Librando roughly 200.06 grams of suspected shabu, estimated to be worth at least P600,000.

In Tacloban City meanwhile, the PDEA arrested one Melanio Ponferrada Jr. during a buy-bust operation on Monday.

PDEA seized three heat-sealed transparent sachets with more or less 50 grams of suspected shabu worth an estimated P400,000.

Cases for violations of Section 5 (Sale of Dangerous Drugs) and Section 11 (Possession of Dangerous Drugs), Article II of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed against Alvizo, Librando, and Ponferrada.