PDEA TASK GROUP ALPHA SWEEPS TARGETS IN NORTH LUZON
(Read this press release of PDEA and find a pattern. Maybe something is wrong with the judge handling the drug cases in Baguio City. The SC should investigate this. Or, better PDEA should question this pattern.)
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Task Group Alpha made a sweep of major accomplishments in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) in the past week by arresting drug personalities who are listed in the Priority Target List of the Region.
PDEA Director General/Senior Undersecretary DIONISIO R. SANTIAGO lauded the exemplary leadership of Area Task Group (ATG) Alpha Commander Director III Roberto S. Opeña as he spearheaded the major accomplishments in his area of responsibility.
On August 19, 2009 at around 8:25 PM siblings WILLY BORCE y CABONITALLA and GLORIA DEL MUNDO y BORCE, both members of a long existing, notorious and wide-ranging local drug group in the Cordillera Region were arrested by PDEA and police operatives during the implementation of a Search Warrant issued by Judge Edilberto Claravall of RTC Branch 60, First Judicial Region against the Borce siblings residing at No. 70 Purok 2, Lower Quirino, Baguio City.
The search yielded sachets of shabu, 189 grams of marijuana hashish, ketamine contained in a large plastic bottle, assorted drug paraphernalia and live ammunition for caliber .45 pistol. Willy Borce, 44, married, a construction laborer and native of Baguio City was previously convicted under the old drug law (RA 6425) and served 13 years at the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City.
On the other hand, Willy’s older sister, Gloria Borce Del Mundo, 54, married, a businesswoman was apprehended by members of the Baguio City Police Office Drug Enforcement Unit (BCPO-DEU) on July 4, 2006 along with another kin, Richard Guieb y Borce during a buy-bust operation. They were acquitted on August 1, 2007 by Judge Antonio Reyes of RTC Branch 61, Baguio City due to technicalities.
Two (2) days thereafter, PDEA operatives made another big haul on August 21, 2009 when they arrested the so-called “SHABU QUEEN” of Baguio City after catching her red handed during the service of a Search Warrant at her three-storey residence located at 34 Magnolia corner Gladiola Streets, QM Subdivision, City Camp Proper, Baguio City.
BRENDA SINGSON y ALIDEM, 50 years old, married, a native of Baguio City is tagged as the Number 4 Top Drug Personality in Baguio City. She is the highest ranking among the female targets in the Cordillera Region. She was previously arrested in 1990 for violation of Section 4 (Sale, Administration, Delivery, Distribution and Transportation of Prohibited Drugs) of RA 6425. She was acquitted in 1992 by Judge Antonio Reyes of RTC Branch 61 in Baguio City.
During the execution of the Search Warrant on August 21, 2009, Singson was caught along with cohorts Jordan Luther Managdag y Abuan, 24, single, jobless, a native of Mankayan, Benguet Province and presently residing at Puguis, La Trinidad and Ely Flores y Jose, 37, a caretaker by occupation, native of Bacolod City and residing at Goldheld, Itogon Town, Benguet.
Managdag is included in the Regional Watch List of drug personalities and was part of the Bambi Drug Group that was neutralized by PDEA-CAR last year. He was apprehended earlier for selling four (4) grams of shabu to an undercover agent on August 23, 2008 during a buy-bust operation. Unfortunately, the cases filed in court against Managdag for selling, possessing and using dangerous drugs were all dismissed.
Flores, on the other hand, is a trusted runner of Singson. Confiscated during the operation against Brenda Singson were twenty-one (21) sachets of shabu worth around P40,000.00, assorted drug paraphernalia and pieces of live ammunition. All three (3) arrested suspects likewise tested positive for using shabu.
Counterpart law enforcement units have expressed their support for the effort of PDEA in arresting Singson and her group. They are hoping and praying that this is indeed the end of the line for Baguio City’s “Shabu Queen”.
On August 25, 2009 a composite team of PDEA ATG Alpha, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group – CAR and PNP Highway Patrol Group 9HPG) operatives arrested the Number 1 Wanted drug personality in the Cordillera Region. TEODULO VILLAREAL y ARNAIZ alias “Teddy” and his common law wife, CATHERINE HIERAS y PEREZ, identified as the co-operator of Villareal’s drug den were arrested at high noon along the vicinity of the Baguio General Hospital Compound rotunda in Baguio City. The couple was nabbed on the strength of a Warrant of Arrest for drug related violations, Villareal, 45 years old, married, self-employed a native of Baguio City and residing at No. 46 Siapno Road, Pacdal in Baguio City is associated with a notorious local drug group and a dreaded organized crime group operating on a national scale.
On the other hand Hieras, 38 years old, married a computer programmer and resident of No. FD-229 Pines Park Subdivision, La Trinidad, Benguet was apprehended on August 2, 2008 during the implementation of a Search Warrant by combined PDEA and CIDU-CAR agents at the residence and suspected drug den of Villareal in Siapno Road, Pacdal, Baguio City. Confiscated during this operation were shabu and marijuana, chemical precursors for making shabu, assorted clandestine laboratory tools and instruments, several drug paraphernalia, records of drug transactions, pieces of live ammunition and deadly weapons.
Hieras was then taken into custody with nine (9) others, including five (5) minors and two (2) other females who were identified as relatives of Villareal and Hieras. Villareal was able to elude arrest during this operation, hence a warrant was issued for his immediate arrest, while Hieras jumped bail and likewise was the subject of a bench warrant for failure to appear in court. These formed the bases for their arrest on August 25, 2009.
Villareal and Hieras will now be facing criminal charges for Possession of Dangerous Drugs (Section 11, Article II of RA 9165) on top of the multiple drug cases that are already pending in court against them. Villareal was arrested by the Baguio City Police Office Drug Enforcement Unit (BCPO-DEU) on January 7, 2003 at South Drive, Baguio City for selling Dangerous Drugs but was acquitted on May 25, 2005 by Judge Antonio Reyes of RTC Branch 61 in Baguio City.
He was arrested again along with two (2) cohorts during a buy-bust operation by the BCPO-DEU on August 17, 2006 in his residence at Siapno Road, Pacdal, Baguio City. However, the case against him was yet again dismissed on March 14, 2007.
“We will ensure that this time around, the cases we filed are air-tight and will serve to bring theses suspects to justice permanently. We are appealing to our counterparts from the other pillars of the criminal justice system to support us in this regard so that our hard work will not be in vain.”, the PDEA Director General concluded.