Right on the first week of March, police operations in Region 12 have led to the arrests of 23 drug suspects and the deaths of two.
Originally, the units of the Police Regional Office-12 planned to arrest 32 drug dealers but only got 23 and shot dead two more for refusing to yield peacefully. The 10 other targets eluded arrest.
According to Chief Superintendent Marcelo Morales of PRO-12, the police were forced to neutralize Ruben Porsuelo and Bobong Jamelo when they fired at the teams approaching their hideouts in Polomolok town in South Cotabato.
Morales said they are targeting the arrest of no fewer than 50 more in Region 12’s adjoining Sultan Kudarat, North Cotabato, South Cotabato and Sarangani provinces in the coming weeks
“Our operations are being initiated with the help of provincial and city officials,” Morales said.
The 23 drug traffickers now in the custody of PRO-12 are to be prosecuted for possession of methamphetamine hydrochloride, commonly known as “shabu.” All 23 of them have been charged with violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.