By Erwin M. Mascariñas
Butuan City — Authorities arrested a provincial engineer and a construction worker in a buy-bust operation in Surigao City, this week.
Caraga Police Regional Office-13 identified the suspects as Engr. Constantine Marcelo Garrido, 31, a resident of Barangay Ferdinand, Basilisa town of Dinagat Islands Province and Jimmy Deguenio Bongat, 33, construction worker, and a resident of Kaskag, Barangay Washington, Surigao City.
“The suspects are on the drug watch list of Dinagat Island Police Provincial Office and an employee of the Provincial Engineering Office of Dinagat Island Province. Both of the suspects were arrested by police and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency operatives during a drug buy-bust operation at the Galaxy Lodge along barangay Taft in Surigao City,” said Chief Supt. Noli A. Romana, PRO-13 regional director.
Information provided by PRO-13 points out that the estimated Dangerous Drug Board value at around P11,800 from the 11 sachets of suspected shabu were recovered from the suspects.
Romana commended the operation and revealed that similar investigations are underway in Caraga Region against illegal drugs users who are working in government.
“A drug-free Caraga has always been our goal. That is why our police force and the PDEA are doing their best to run after those involved in illegal drug activities,” Romana said.
The Provincial Engineering Office of Dinagat Island Province has yet to issue a statement on the arrest of its provincial engineering office employee.