MANILA – Two suspected suppliers of party drugs to the capital's upscale clubs were arrested separately on Saturday, as police widened the scope of President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, authorities said.
Filipino-American Evan Reanald Baylon was arrested before dawn after police caught him selling 10 ecstasy tablets for P8,000 in an entrapment operation at a parking lot in Bonifacio Global City.
His supplier, Filipino-American Emilio Lim, was arrested at his condominium unit Saturday evening, where police also seized ecstasy tablets, marijuana, and hash oil.
“Ito yung thrust ng ating Chief PNP na tutukan naming ang mga high end clubs at mga bars dito sa Makati at BGC [This is the thrust of our Chief PNP, to keep tight watch over clubs and bars here in Makati and BGC],” Senior Superintendent Tomas Apolinario, Southern Police District commander, told DZMM.
Duterte, who assumed office on June 30, is waging a relentless campaign against illegal drug rings.
Since May 10, when his election mandate became clear, 1,000 drug suspects have been killed, 598 of them in police operations, according to data from the ABS-CBN Investigative and Research Group.
Data showed 311 were killed by unidentified assailants while the remains of 91 others were found away from the crime scene.