Narcotics agents arrested a mayoral aspirant in Maguindanao and seized from him some P5 million worth of suspected illegal drugs on Thursday morning, October 21.
Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) agents arrested Tom Nandang, 52, during an operation in Barangay Upper Glad in Midsayap town.
Lieutenant Colonel Rolly Oranza, Midsayap chief of police, said the suspect was caught with sachets presumed to contain shabu (meth) and a caliber .45 caliber pistol.
Oranza said Nandang yielded to authorities after he saw the group that came to arrest him.
The PDEA agents carried out the raid where Nandang was with the help of the police and soldiers from the Army’s 34th Infantry Battalion.
The suspect, who filed his certificate of candidacy for mayor in the adjacent town of Northern Kabuntulan in Maguindanao, denied being into the drug trade, but did not elaborate.
Oranza said authorities were preparing to press charges against Nandang for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act and the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act. –Rappler.com
Rommel Rebollido is a Mindanao-based journalist and an awardee of the Aries Rufo Journalism Fellowship