PULUPANDAN – Moises Padilla Mayor Magdaleno Peña, a consultant of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), urged the leader of Berya drug group to surrender to him.

Peña, in a press conference Saturday held at Pulupandan Municipal Hall here, said that Victoria “Berya” Tolentino, whom he claimed is the third top drug lord in Negros Occidental, operates one of the seven drug groups in the province and Bacolod City.

Peña, a former mayor of this southern Negros municipality, said he is asking “Berya” to surrender anytime soon to also protect her life as those suspected to be involved in illegal drug trade are already going after her.

The “Berya” group supplies 15 kilos of shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) in the province per month, based on the affidavit of Ricky Serenio, a top drug suspect under the target list of Police Regional Office (PRO), and considered the group’s bag man.

Aside from the Berya drug group, the Camaria and Cuadra groups were among those mentioned as doing illegal drug trade in the province, Peña said.

Moreover, Peña said Serenio became his asset, and also of Chief Superintendent Renato Gumban, acting regional director of PRO-18, when the drug suspect made his revelations on the persons involved in illegal drugs through his affidavit.

“Since he cooperated with us and the government under President Rodrigo Duterte, he became our asset from the time he gave his sworn statement,” Peña added.

Peña said they will ask Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre to place Serenio under the agency’s Witness Protection Program once his affidavit is confirmed to be true by the intelligence operatives of PRO.