Philippine Army joins war vs crimes, illegal drugs

MALOLOS CITY — The Philippine Army troopers have joined the police in the all-out-war against illegal drugs and criminality.

The 48th Infantry (Guardians) Battalion and policemen from the Dona Remedios Trinidad PNP Station confiscated one sachet of shabu and a handgun Sunday in Barangay Pulong Sampalok, Dona Remedios Trinidad town.

The troops under 2Lt Jan Michael Jamelarin of Bravo Company, 48IB and PNP personnel led by Police Senior Inspector Isagani E. Santos III while conducting checkpoint, flagged down a Honda Wave motorcycle with plate number 8979 whose rider was identified as Roger Sayson Enriquez for not wearing a helmet.

Upon verification of pertinent documents, Enriquez fled towards the grassy hill of the said barangay. Personnel on the said checkpoint pursued the suspect but to no avail.

The suspect left his motorcycle and a red pouch containing one cal .22 revolver, four ammunitions of cal .22, one heat sealed sachet of shabu, and PHP200. The said items were brought to Bulacan Provincial Police Station for proper disposition.

Major General Angelito M. De Leon, commander of 7ID of Philippine Army, in his guidance said that areas covered by the division will not only be secured from insurgents but also from threats coming from lawless elements and drug syndicates.

Aside from this, Col. Felimon T. Santos Jr., commander of 703rd Brigade, said that success of 48IB’s anti-illegal drug campaign is achieved through effective joint operations with PNP.

Lt. Col. Eugenio Julio C. Osias IV,, 48IB commanding officer, for his part, said that 48IB will maintain close coordination with PNP to thwart drug-related activities in Bulacan and other provinces covered by the unit. PNA/