Makati condo owners, managers told to be vigilant against tenants with drug links

Published March 19, 2019, 4:47 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Jel Santos 

Mayor Abigail Binay on Tuesday told condominium owners and managers in Makati City to always be vigilant following the seizure of around P2 million worth of party drugs inside a condominium unit of a college student.

Makati Mayor Abby Binay (My Makati / MANILA BULLETIN)
Makati Mayor Abby Binay (My Makati / MANILA BULLETIN)

On Monday morning, Adriel Ryoichi Suzuki, 24, and Ralph Esteban, 23, were arrested by Makati police. Various party drugs were seized in the unit of Suzuki in Barangay Pio del Pilar, while Esteban was apprehended after delivering 84 pieces of ecstasy to him. Both are fourth year college students at an exclusive school in Taft Avenue in Manila.

She stressed that is the duty of condominium owners and managers to report suspicious activities of tenants.

“I am calling on all condominium and condotel owners and managers in Makati to keep a tight watch on the goings-on in their buildings. It is their duty to promptly notify the authorities of any suspicious activities of their tenants, and cooperate in the conduct of police operations,” the mayor said.

Binay commended Makati police chief Senior Supt. Rogelio Simon for working hard to rid the city of illegal drugs.

She also thanked a motorcycle courier, who reported the suspicious package that Suzuki asked him to deliver that eventually led to the discovery of the student’s illegal drug trade.

The motorcycle rider said he got suspicious when Suzuki did not tell him what he was delivering. After sending the package, he went to the nearest police station and reported the suspicious package.

Makati police then coordinated with the condominium administration and went to the unit of Suzuki where, at plain view, cops saw party drugs.