PDEA closely monitoring more government officials

FOLLOWING the arrest of an alleged drug-pushing female public school teacher, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) XI said they are still closely monitoring at least 10 more government officials who are into illegal drug activity in the region.

PDEA director Adzhar Albani said they are now focusing back on the high value targets especially government officials.

“The last four days, we arrested high value targets,” Albani said.

The latest arrested suspect was Digos City National High School (DCNHS) teacher Kristine Tabasa Deluao, said to be the Top 2 in the drug watch list in the region, who was arrested in a buy-bust in Digos City, Davao del Sur.

Albani said they are no longer concentrating in Davao City, as they are going to the provinces to stop the drug menace.

“What we do now is we go to the provinces together with the other law enforcement agencies and gather information,” Albani said.

Albani admitted that they are monitoring more than a thousand drug personalities in the region.

If there is a government official in the list, Albani said they are prioritizing them since they are high valued targets.

He said that Deluao, a MAPEH (Music, Arts, Physical Education, and Health) teacher who has been with DCNHS for 14 years, was a target by all the intelligence communities since she was listed in the drug watch.

The PDEA teamed up with its Davao del Sur Provincial Drug Enforcement Office and the Digos City Police Station in arresting Deluao, 43, resident of Barangay San Jose, Digos City.

Deluao was arrested in the act of selling a sachet of shabu worth P1,000 to an undercover agent who acted as poseur buyer at 5:10 p.m. Saturday along Cabrillos Street in Barangay Zone 2.

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