By Frank E. Dosdos, Jr.
PAGADIAN City — Two more lawless elements were apprehended in a joint law enforcement pursuit operation by the Army’s 44th Infantry Battalion, 1st Infantry Division, Police, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, National Bureau of Investigation, and Philippine Coast Guard in Baragay Tenan, Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay at about 10:00 am last Thursday.
“During the pursuit, the two apprehended personalities yielded several plastic heat sealed sachets that contain crystalline substance suspected to be shabu with an estimated street value of P1.2 million and drug paraphernalia,” said Lt. Col. Don Templonuevo, 44th Infantry Battalion Commander.
“The arrested personalities were identified as Hashim Samdani and Jay-ar Quartocruz,” added Templonuevo.
“This is a continuing effort together with other law enforcement agencies against the lawless groups. We will ensure that the long arms of the law will catch all of them and bring them to bar of justice,” said Col. Bagnus Gaerlan, Jr., 102nd Infantry Brigade commander.
Brigadier Gen. Roberto Ancan, commander of 1st Infantry Division for his part, lauded the efforts of 102nd Brigade, 44th Infantry Battalion and other law enforcement agencies involved in the joint law enforcement operation.
“This is the result of our intensified joint law enforcement operation with other agencies and stakeholders,” Ancan said.
“Let us continue to work together to stop lawlessness and violence in Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao provinces and push for the sustainable developmental efforts of our government,” Ancan added.