Police arrested an orthopedic surgeon, two retired policemen and six other suspects in a series of drug buy-bust operations in Bgy. Doña Imelda, Quezon City.
Quezon City Police District (QCPD) director Chief Supt. Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar identified the arrested drug suspects as Amante Valdepeñas, physician, 56, of 25-Q Capitol Towers, Bgy. Damayang Lagi; Raymond Valle, 42, of 416 Rosas St., Bgy. Batasan Hills; Rommel Nogoy, 52, retired Makati policeman, of 369 Gumamela St., Bgy. Batasan; live-in partners Leni de Guzman and Almario Cristobal, 53, also a retired member of the Masbate PNP, of 539 Bayanihan, Bgy. Boni Serrano, all in Quezon City; Mark Anthony Pangilinan, alias Macmac, 25, and his live-in partner, Maybell Tulang, 19, both of Sampaloc, Manila.
A report gathered from the Station Drug Enforcement Unit (SDEU) of Galas Police Station (PS-11) showed that on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m., an anti-drug operatives arrested tricycle driver Norman Ulit, alias Manggi, 40, of 219 Sobriedad St., Sampaloc, Manila, on N. Ramirez St. corner D. Tuason, Bgy. Don Manuel, QC, after he sold a sachet of shabu to an undercover policeman. Ulit pointed to Macmac as his source.
Pangilinan and Tulang were arrested in a follow-up operation on Kapiligan St., at about 12:30 a.m. on October 11, 2017.
They pointed to Dr. Valdepeñas as their source and a follow-up buy-bust was set up after the two suspects contacted the doctor to purchase shabu near corner Scout Borromeo, Bgy. South Triangle at 2 a.m.
Valdepeñas, Valle, Nogoy, De Guzman and Cristobal fell into the dragnet.
Another tricycle driver, Hermie Castro, 49, was also arrested by the same anti-drug operatives on Kapiligan St., Bgy. Doña Imelda, at about 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 11, 2017, after the doctor, during investigation, received a text message on his cellphone from Castro ordering P1,000 worth of shabu, which was seized as evidence against him.
Fifteen sachets of shabu and the marked money were seized in the buy busts.
The suspects will be charged with violation of RA 9165 or Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
Eleazar commended the operatives for their quick action which resulted in the arrest of the doctor and the other suspects.
“We cannot let up on the war on drugs because of the obstinacy of pushers and users. That is why we must maintain our vigilance and immediate action,” he said.
With Donna Syssel Sayson