ANTI-NARCOTICS agents arrested a village chairperson after she was allegedly caught in possession of illegal drugs inside her gated residence in Barangay Malabago, Badian, Cebu, around 6 a.m. Wednesday, July 5.
Epifania Divinagracia Alvizo, 52, chairperson of Barangay Malabago, allegedly yielded 550 grams of suspected shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) with an estimated value of P1.5 million.
She allegedly sources her supply from her husband Marlito, who is detained at the National Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila, for kidnapping a Cebuano businessman.
Alvizo, who is serving her first term, is the fifth public official in Cebu caught by PDEA this year. She denied that she sells shabu and insisted that she is just a barangay official who earns extra income from her store.
Alvizo cannot post bail to gain temporary liberty, as selling shabu is a non-bailable offense under Republic Act 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002).
Yogi Filemon Ruiz, Central Visayas director of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), said Alvizo is a high-value target who allegedly disposes of a kilo of shabu per week.