Wednesday, July 9, 2014

No terrorists in sight, but Davao military catches alleged pusher, snatcher

From the Philippine News Agency (Jul 9): No terrorists in sight, but Davao military catches alleged pusher, snatcher

While the primary targets are suspected terrorists, military soldiers instead collared a suspected illegal drug pusher and a snatcher in separate operation at the checkpoint and during foot patrols, which were part of the city’s security measures against terrorism.

On July 8 at around 4:30am at the vicinity of Licanan, Barangay Lasang in Bunawan district, this city, Task Force Davao (TFD) personnel apprehended a certain Darwin Sato Tabuno, 25 years old, single, resident of Bunaply and laborer of Unifruti Company for possessing five (5) grams of a white powdered substance suspected to be shabu estimated to cost P40,000 and paraphernalia.

In a flash report from Capt. Mario Tena, spokesperson of TFD, said TFD personnel discovered the shabu and shabu paraphernalia while they were conducting the usual checks of all vehicles and persons on board the motorcycle. Tabuno was on board his motorcycle Honda red XRM bearing plate number LK2603 that was also flagged down for checking.

Likewise, the TFD collared a robbery/hold-up suspect while conducting foot patrol along the busy street of Anda.

According to TFD commander Col. Alberto Macairog, the patrolling soldiers were responding to a call for help from the victim, Erlinda Angot, 64 years old and vendor along Anda Street.

The soldiers chased and caught the suspect identified as Gregory Lozano Saraka, 33 years old and resident of Boulevard, this city.

Both Tabuno and Saraka were turned over to Bunawan Police Precinct and San Pedro Police Precinct, respectively for proper disposition.

It may be recalled that the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Task Force Davao and other military units have strictly enforced security measures in strategic areas, particularly entry and exit points after Mayor Rodrigo Duterte ordered a heightened alert upon receiving information on terror threat.

Although President Benigno Aquino III had clarified the information was raw, all security forces have continued to enforce security measures in the city.

Duterte had said it is better to be prepared against any terror threat real or not.

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