Parañaque City Mayor Edwin L. Olivarez today lauded the arrest of four suspected drug pushers – three of whom allegedly yielded handguns – which he said demonstrates the vigilance of local policemen in preserving and maintaining peace and order by going after dangerous criminal elements in the city.
The arrested suspects, three of them natives of Zamboanga City, are all residents of the nearby cities of Taguig and Las Piñas but apparently have been operating in Parañaque for quite some time, the mayor said.
One of the suspects also introduced himself as an Army intelligence officer and produced documents to the effect, but police found out he was not a military man upon verification.
“These are apparently very dangerous elements who lurk in our midst and who are preying on our people. I commend our policemen for their continuing vigilance to protect our communities from the menace of illegal drugs that usually destroy very young lives,” Mayor Olivarez said.
The suspects were presented to Mayor Olivarez after they were brought to the City Prosecutor’s Office for inquest at the City Hall building Monday. The mayor said the policemen who took part in the successful operations will be presented commendations and citations by the city government.
“They deserve our thanks and appreciation for making Parañaque a much safer place to live,” he said.
The drug operations were conducted by the Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operation Task Group of the Parañaque City Police led by Senior Insp. Marlou Besoña last September 12.
The first drug sting was conducted around 4:30 p.m. along San Luis Street in San Antonio Valley 6, Barangay San Isidro that resulted in the arrest of Israel Mamolzag, 24, a resident of Lemon Street in CAA, Las Piñas. He allegedly yielded an undetermined amount of shabu and a .38 revolver during the buy-bust operation.
A second operation took place around 8:40 p.m. along Barnabas Street in Annex 35, Better Living Subdivision in Barangay Don Bosco that resulted in the arrest of Zamboanga City natives Aldezier Sale, 32, Kominie Musa, 31, both of Marantao Street, Maharlika Village in Taguig, and Jebvir Esmael, 23, of Lower Bicutan also in Taguig.
However, the main target of the second sting, a certain Nash Midskail who is a resident of the place where the operation took place, was reportedly able to escape.
Police said Sale was found in possession of a .45 pistol and introduced himself as an Army captain with fake military identification papers. Musa also was reportedly found in possession of an unlicensed .38 revolver aside from the drugs seized from the suspects.