Muntinlupa Mayor Ruffy Biazon congratulated the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) for seizing 20 kilos of suspected shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) worth P136 million and dismantling a drug laboratory in a house inside the exclusive Ayala Alabang Village in Muntinlupa on Friday, Nov. 18.
At about 12:30 a.m. on Nov. 18, operatives from PDEA, Bureau of Customs’ Customs Anti-Illegal Drug Task Force (CAIDTF), Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine Navy and National Intelligence Coordinating Agency raided a house on Mabolo Street in Ayala Alabang Village.
Christian Frivaldo, regional director of PDEA RO-NCR, identified the arrested suspects as Aurelien Cythere, 41, a resident of Ayala Alabang Village, and Mark Anthony Sarayot, 42, a businessman, and a resident of Barangay Ugong, Pasig.
“We congratulate and thank the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency for the successful anti-drug operations they conducted in one of the exclusive, private, and most secured residential subdivisions in our city,” said Biazon.
“The City Government of Muntinlupa has always welcomed with full cooperation the efforts and operations of the national government’s anti-drugs enforcement agencies. We have also consistently implemented supply-and-demand-reduction strategies to protect Muntinlupeños against illegal drugs, recently affirmed by the DILG when our (DAPCO) was hailed as Highly Functional,” he added.
Biazon said the discovery of a shabu laboratory should be a wake-up call to Ayala Alabang Village residents and leaders.
“This raid on a clandestine shabu lab right inside a supposedly serene and safe residential subdivision should be a wake-up call to its residents and community leaders that danger lurks within the confines of their community,” he said.
He said, “This is not the first time it has happened and if they don’t heighten their vigilance and take proactive measures to guard the subdivision against drug traffickers, it will happen again. We encourage them to know their neighbors and be open to cooperate with authorities.”
The mayor called on Ayala Alabang Village “property owners and managers to ensure that their properties are not utilized for illegal purposes. At this time, each and every rented or vacant property should be checked and profiled to rule out its use by criminal elements.”
“The safety and security of communities is the mission and duty of our law enforcement units. But it will take a whole-of-city approach to beat illegal drugs,” he said.
The two suspects will be charged for violation of Republic Act 9165 (The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002).