BIFF member arrested in drug bust – PDEA
MANILA, Philippines–An alleged drug pusher who is reportedly an active member of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) has been arrested by anti-narcotics agents in Cagayan de Oro City.
Noel Bayagna, a target-listed drug personality and alleged Bangsamoro enlisted personnel, was caught Tuesday by the agents of the regional Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency during a buy bust operation in Iponan town, officials said.
Undersecretary Arturo Cacdac Jr., PDEA Director General, said Thursday in that Bayagna, 23, was a “high-value target drug personality in the province of Misamis Oriental.”
“According to information, he is an alleged active member of the Bangsamoro,” said Cacdac in a statement.
A breakaway faction of the Moro Islamic Liberation Fronts, the BIFF is a Muslim secessionist group seeking an independent Islamic state in the Philippines.
In a buy bust operation of PDEA Misamis Oriental regional office, the drug peddler fell for the bait after selling to a poser-buyer one sachet of suspected shabu or metamphetamine hydrochloride.
The transaction and arrest took place on Julio Pacana Street in Licoan town around 6 p.m. Monday.
Bayagna, according to PDEA, is a resident of Block 10, Lot 10, Bloomingdale Subdivision, Iponan, Cagayan de Oro
Confiscated from Bayagna were two pieces of heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet and a P500 bill used as marked money during the operation.
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