Tarlac LTO chief nabbed for possession of illegal drugs, explosives
PAMPANGA, Philippines – Police have arrested the officer-in-charge of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) Tarlac District Office for alleged possession of illegal drugs and explosives.
In a press statement, Chief Superintendent Amador Corpus, Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3) Director, identified the official as Rogel Yambao.
Corpus described Yambao as a “level 2 high value target” in the Philippine National Police’s campaign against illegal drugs.
He said that on Wednesday, May 9, operatives from the intelligence branch and the drug enforcement unit of the Tarlac Provincial Police Office implemented a search warrant issued by Executive Judge Lily De Vera-Vallo of Tarlac City Regional Trial Court Branch 64 against Yambao for drug possession, in violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
Corpus said authorities seized from Yambao's residence 9 pieces of heat-sealed plastic sachets of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu, one hand grenade, and 17 cartridges for a caliber .45 gun.
The PRO3 director said Yambao faces charges for violation of RA 9165, illegal possession of explosives under RA 9516, and violation of RA 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Act.
“The arrest of Yambao, who is a high ranking official of LTO, only goes to show that more and more unscrupulous government workers are involved in illegal drug and we continue to launch operations against all who are included in our target list and watch list,” Corpus said.
The Tarlac LTO official was arrested on the same day newly installed PNP Director General Oscar Albayalde visited the PRO3 headquarters in Camp Olivas in this province to reiterate the PNP's continued campaign against illegal drugs. – Rappler.com