Associates, brothers of alleged Cebu drug lord ‘Yawa’ surrender

Ryan Macasero
Associates, brothers of alleged Cebu drug lord ‘Yawa’ surrender
According to Osmeña, the 5 are wanted for allegedly 'killing' witnesses who cooperated with police in finding Rowen 'Yawa' Secretaria, allegedly among Cebu's top drug lords

CEBU CITY Philippines – The two brothers, former live in partner, and two associates of one of Cebu’s alleged top drug lords, Rowen “Yawa” Secretaria, surrendered to Cebu City police on Saturday, July 2.

Yawa was killed on May 28, in Jetafe town in Bohol. He was accused of being one of the top drug lords in Ermita and Pasil in Cebu City.

Secretaria’s nickname “Yawa” is Cebuano for “devil.” 

Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña posted on his Facebook page that the following were arrested at the Carbon police station:

  • Galy Reyes Secretaria, Secretaria’s brother who has 3 pending warrants of arrest 
  • Analyn Ariza Tejano, Secretaria’s former live in partner 
  • Harold Behasa, an associate of Yawa with two pending warrants of arrest 
  • Associates Jerome Abanto and Boyet Aparece



According to Osmeña, the 5 are wanted for allegedly “killing” witnesses who cooperated with police in finding Secretaria.

Secretaria was killed on an islet called Banacon in Jatafe. According to Region 7 Police Director Patrocinio Comendador, Secretaria was protected by residents of the island because he acted like a Robin Hood who gave rice, supplied electricity, and assisted in giving other goods to those who needed it.

The police officers who killed Secretaria and his associates were awarded by Osmeña with P155,000, which he said, was for legal assistance for the officers if they encountered lawsuits.

Osmeña had announced last May a P50,000 reward for police officers who kill drug suspects in the line of duty. This follows President Rodrigo Duterte’s pronouncements that the police and local authorities should adopt an aggressive approach in the war against illegal drugs. – Rappler.com

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Ryan Macasero

Ryan covers Cebu and the Visayas for Rappler. He covers all news in the region, but is particularly interested in people stories, development issues and local policy making.