WHILE millions of Filipinos were visiting their departed loved ones in 98 private memorial parks and public cemeteries in Metro Manila yesterday, agents of the Quezon City Police District were busy working to smash a transnational gang of drug traffickers, National Capital Region Police Office director Chief Supt. Oscar D. Albayalde said.
As a result, Albayalde said the QCPD, headed by Senior Supt. Guil-lermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar, arrested six suspects, including three Koreans during an anti-narcotics raid in a posh condominium unit in Makati City. One of the officers, identified as Senior Insp. Paterno Domondon, suffered lacerations in his right hand when one of the suspects assaulted him with the use of a ‘samurai’ sword.
Domondon was initially taken to a Mandaluyong hospital for emergency treatment before being transferred to the PNP General Hospital in Camp Crame. Eleazar said that the policeman who will be given a wounded personnel medal needed 15 stitches to close his hack wounds.
The Korean nationals, identified as Jintaek Lee, Bang Kho Laem, alias Kuo/Chi Pui Wong, and Isaac Kho, allias ‘Kiderck Kim/Kook Jung Wong, were arrested inside unit 4116-E of the One Rockwell East Tower in Bgy. Poblacion, Makati City, at 12:04 a.m. yesterday by members of the QCPD District Special Operations Unit and the QCPD Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Unit.
Also arrested during the anti-narcotics raid were Kathlyn Nonato, Jaypee Soriano and Arby Diaz, alias ‘Arbeen Jhielyn Diaz.’ Eleazar said several other suspects including a Chinese national and one Lyn Paz are still being hunted by his men.
Eleazar said that confiscated during the operation were 20 long heat-sealed plastic sachets, two big sachets, seven small sachets and two canisters containing 250 grams of shabu worth P525,000, assorted drug paraphernalia, including different weighing scales, 10 cellphones and three laptops.
According to the QCPD director, his men, who were armed with a search warrant for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 issued by Judge Bernelito Fenandez of the QC Regional Trial Court Branch 97, had to break down the condominium unit’s door to find the suspects.
An initial investigation showed that the modus operandi of the suspects was to insert grams of shabu inside an expandable folder before sending it to South Korea and the United States using a courier company. All suspects are now being held at the QCPD detention facility, facing charges for violation of RA 9165.
Albayalde said the situation in Metro Manila, specifically in and around 98 private and public cemeteries and places of public convergence, was generally peaceful.