in Quezon province maintained their no-letup campaign against illegal drugs by purging their list of high-value targets (HVT) with the continuous arrest of suspects. With the recent arrest of alleged drug lords in Quezon, including the Alcalas, around 80 more HVTs in the watchlist are being tracked down.
Senior Supt. Antonio Yarra, police provincial director, said they are now pursuing those in the watch list of illegal drug suspects in Quezon following the arrest of the sister-in-law and niece of former Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala in a buy-bust operation in Tayabas City.
Last month, authorities nabbed Toni Ann Alcala, 33, after handing over P10,000 worth of shabu to a poseur-buyer at their residence along with her mother Maria Fe, 58, for drug possession.
‘Maria Fe is the estranged wife of Cerilo “Athel” Alcala, brother of the former Agriculture Secretary.
Last August, Athel surrendered to the police with his son Sajid, accompanied by his brother Rep. Vicente Alcala and nephew City Mayor Roderick Alcala to clear their names from allegations that they are involved in the illegal drug trade.
The Quezon provincial police said Athel is No. 9 on its list of HVT and tagged by Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency as the most wanted drug suspect in Lucena City. The police claimed that Athel is said to have supplied drugs to the entire province for more than a decade with central Quezon as base.
Athel told the police that he stopped his illegal activities a long time ago.
President Rodrigo Duterte is convinced that the Alcalas of Quezon are involved in drugs and will not let them off the hook.
“’Yang sa Quezon kay Alcala, publicly sabihin ko sa ’yo totoo ’yan,” said Duterte on Tuesday, September 13, as he talked to Philippine Air Force troops at Villamor Air Base, Pasay City.