Cayetano commends cops for arrest of Tinga drug syndicate member

Published November 6, 2020, 1:41 PM

by Jonathan Hicap

Taguig Mayor Lino Cayetano commended the city police for the arrest of another member of the Tinga drug syndicate during a by-bust operation Wednesday (Nov 4) and seized P20.45 million  worth of shabu and marijuana. 

“We vowed to keep Taguigeños safe. That means we will do whatever is necessary that is allowed by the  law to protect them not just from COVID-19 but from illegal drugs and criminality as well,” said Cayetano.

“We are a peace-loving people. Anyone who attempts to disrupt our peace is not welcome here,” Cayetano added.

Police arrested 12 suspects in the buy-bust: Patrick Ace Tinga, 24; Tom Jovy Cruz, 30; Charles, 17; Juan, 17; Elmer Bautista, 34; Winston Ray Lopez, 20; Jessie Aviles, 24; Jomari Lopez, 19;. Chris Klein Lopena, 19; Adrian Dela Cruz, 22;  John Paul Esteban, 26; and John Christian Roxas, 34.

The Cayetanos and Tingas are political rivals in Taguig. The Taguig City government said in 2016, Tinga drug syndicate member Joel Tinga was sentenced to a maximum jail term of 40 years for selling illegal drugs.

Elisa “Ely” Tinga, wife of Noel Tinga and a cousin of former Taguig mayor Freddie Tinga, was similarly sentenced in February 2017. She was at that time the third most wanted person on the list of drug personalities and the seventh member of the Tinga Drug syndicate to be arrested and jailed, the city government added. 

Taguig is implementing a one-strike policy against business establishments that allow customers to use illegal drugs. Under the policy, the city immediately revokes the business permits of erring  establishments.