Cebu cops to get P50k reward after P20-M shabu confiscation

Published April 13, 2021, 2:22 PM

by Agence-France-Presse

 CEBU CITY – Cash rewards await the police units that were involved in the confiscation of more than P20 million worth of suspected shabu in Cordova town off Mactan Island on Monday dawn.
Police Brig. Gen. Ronnie Montejo, chief of the Police Regional Office-Central Visayas (PRO 7), said Philippine National Police Chief Gen. Debold Sinas had given instruction to give P50,000 cash reward for every police operation that will result to the seizure of at least P1 million worth of shabu.
It was the operatives of the Provincial Intelligence Unit, Regional Intelligence Division, Police Drug Enforcement Group, 1st Provincial Mobile Force Company and Cordova Police Station, who launched a buy-bust operation against a suspected drug pusher Joven Silong in Barangay Catarman, Cordova.
Silong was killed in the operation after he allegedly drew a .45 caliber pistol after selling packs of shabu to a poseur-buyer.
At least three kilos of shabu with an estimated value of P20.4 million were eized from the suspect.
“He was monitored for two weeks after his name surfaced as the source of illegal drugs proliferating in Cebu,” said Montejo.
Montejo added that Silong was connected to a big-time drug lord currently serving his sentence at the National Bilibid Prison (NBP).
Montejo said investigation showed that illegal drugs would be shipped to Singol through the NBP inmate’s cohort in Mindanao.
“The suspect was capable of distributing more or less 10 kilos of shabu in two weeks,” Montejo said.
Montejo said the seized shabu was color brown which was an indication that it was a low-grade illegal drugs.
Montejo said there was a possibility that the illegal drugs were manufactured in the country.
“Since it was low-grade, it could be that it was produced in the country and that’s something that we will try to investigate to find its origin,” said Montejo.
Further investigation will also be made to identify Silong’s possible cohorts in Cebu, said Montejo.