Maguindanao mayoral aspirant falls in anti-drug ops
MIDSAYAP, Cotabato––After two weeks of surveillance, agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), the police, and military arrested on Thursday morning a mayoral aspirant for alleged possession of illegal drugs and a firearm.
Lt. Colonel Rolly Oranza, Midsayap town police chief, identified the suspect as Tom Nandang, also known as Datukon Nandang, 52, temporarily residing in Barangay Upper Glad 1, in Midsayap town, Cotabato province.
Nandang is a registered voter of and running for mayor of Northern Kabuntalan town in Maguindanao.
Oranza said PDEA agents, backed by Midsayap police and soldiers of the Army’s 34th Infantry Battalion, served around 4 a.m. Thursday a search warrant against Nandang.
Nandang did not resist arrest but vehemently denied he was into illegal drugs, Oranza said,
The authorities seized from Nandang 10 sachets of suspected shabu worth about P500,000 each or a total of P5 million, and a cal. 45 pistol.
Nandang is now under PDEA custody while charges are readied against him.
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