SECURITY forces on Wednesday arrested three active members of the Marantao Municipal Police Station in Lanao del Sur during a buy-bust operation in Parang, Maguindanao which led in the confiscation of some 50 grams of shabu worth P340,000, Bangsamaro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Police Regional Office director, Brigadier General Marni C. Marcos Jr. announced yesterday.
Following the arrest of Police Executive Master Sergeant Monger Nasar Aradias,47; Staff Sgt. Fahmil Bangon Como,39; and Patrolman Sandali Magundacan Manalao,35, during the 8:30 a.m. Wednesday entrapment operation, an angry Marcos ordered the administrative relief and investigation of Marantao police chief, Captain Sainodin Benasing.
“Cpt. Benasing was relieved for his failure to fully supervise his personnel,” the official told Philippine National Police Officer-in-Charge, Lieutenant General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa.
According to Marcos, combined elements of the PDEA-BARMM, the Parang Municipal Police Station, the PRO-BARMM Regional Mobile Force Company and the Marines conducted the sting which principally targeted a ‘high-value target’ identified as Daud Imam.
However, the entrapment operation resulted in the arrest of the three policemen who used different aliases when they negotiated the sale of the drugs with an undercover officer of the PDEA-BARMM under Director Juvenal Azurin.
Marcos said that shortly after the exchange of marked money and the drugs were consummated, officers arrested the three suspects who were on board a red Toyota Innova without plate number.
Recovered from the three policemen’s possession were one big plastic sachet containing an estimated 50 grams of the so-called ‘poor man’s cocaine,’ the buy-bust money and one M-16 rifle and three firearms as well as dozens of live ammunition.
“It was found out, that the said three policemen used aliases in transacting illegal drugs to conceal their real identities,” said Marcos. He added that they are coordinating with the PDEA headed by Director General Aaron N. Aquino follow-up operations to identify and arrest the other cohorts of the three rogue cops.