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Village exec belies report on marijuana plantations

By Nora Soriño
Iligan City Bureau Chief .

Iligan City — An official of Barangay Abuno denied that there are marijuana plantation in his village in reaction to reports that the barangay might be the next target of raids.

Edward Laraño, a councilor of Barangay Abuno, said he personally made rounds of his purok presidents to asked them if there are marijuana plantations in their area.

“As chair of the barangay’s committee on peace, I cannot allow that,” he said.

The village councilor’s reaction comes at the heels of a raid on a plantation in a neighboring barangay in Upper Luinab last week, which was carried out by the combined operatives of the National Bureau of Investigation and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.

It can be recalled that the raid was a result of tips provided by informants and a three-month surveillance period.

Abuno, to note, is one of the 44 barangays of the city and just like Upper Luinab, is a remote barangay.

NBI lawyer Alex Cabornay said there are more marijuana plantations in the city and its neighboring areas, although he did not mention Barangay Abuno.


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