A VILLAGE chief in Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental, was arrested on drug charges by police authorities at Aquino-de Lara Streets, Barangay 5, Monday evening, December 5.
Superintendent Roel Lamiing, Gingoog City police office (GCPO) chief, identified the drug suspect as Gerime Cabeltes, incumbent chairman of the said village.
Cabeltes was arrested in a drug bust jointly conducted by operatives of GCPO, public safety company of Misamis Oriental, and Regional Intelligence Division (RID).
Seized from Cabeltes were seven sachets of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride or “shabu,” a cylindrical container and drug bust money.
Lamiig said Cabeltes was listed as a high value target in the provincial level and was said to be engaging in illegal drug activities within and outside the village.
Lamiig added the involvement of Cabeltes in illegal drugs was a public knowledge around the village even before President Rodrigo Duterte assumed the presidency.
"Matagal na natin siyang gi-monitor and public knowledge na ang kanyang involvement sa illegal drugs trade (We have been monitoring him and his involvement in illegal drugs trade is a public knowledge)," Lamiig said.
Lamiig said they have been ordered by the higher headquarters to immediately act on provincial level high valued targets regardless of their position and status in the government.
Cabeltes is detained at the GCPO jail facility and will be facing charges on possession and selling of illegal drugs under the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
Last month, Punong village, Gingoog City chairman Emmanuel Lantaca, a drug watchlisted personality, was also arrested in a drug bust by GCPO.