THURSDAY was a fruitful day for Lapu-Lapu City police after they arrested three of the city’s Most Wanted Persons (MWP) hours apart in separate manhunt operations.

Ritchel “Eching” Aguanza Labrador, 33, Arnulfo “Anot” Tumpag Laoc, 45, and Arsenia “Aliah” Dacles Maglasang, 42, were all the subjects of arrest warrants issued by Presiding Judge Ronald Caramba Tolentino of Branch 73, Lapu-Lapu City, for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

In a statement, the Philippine National Police said Labrador, ranked No. 7 in the city’s MWP list, was arrested at 7:18 p.m. Thursday, March 17, 2022 in Crossing, Barangay Marigondon, Lapu-Lapu City.

The unemployed Labrador was accused in two separate drug cases, first for violation of Section 5 of RA 9165 (sale, trading, administration, dispensation, delivery, distribution and transport of dangerous drugs and/or controlled precursors and essential chemicals) for which no bail was recommended, and violation of Section 11 (possession of dangerous drugs).

Labrador was not on home ground as he was identified as a resident of Block 3 Missionaries, Barangay Suba in Cebu City.

Laoc, No. 8 MWP of Lapu-Lapu City, was nabbed at around 9:12 p.m. in Sitio Kulo, also in Barangay Marigondon, with the construction worker’s arrest warrant citing him for possession of illegal drugs.

The arrest of the unemployed Maglasang, the city’s No. 9 MWP, followed at 10:32 p.m. at Subapanas, Barangay Suba-Basbas, also for possession of illegal drugs cited in the warrant.

Both Laoc and Maglasang are residents of Sitio Tagunol, Barangay Inayawan in Cebu City.

For the dangerous drugs possession charge for the three accused, bail was recommended at P200,000 each.

The three were brought to the Lapu-Lapu City Police Station 4 after their arrest.

The manhunt operations were conducted by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group Regional Field Unit 7 Cebu Police Field Unit, Lapu-Lapu City Police Office Station 4, 2nd Provincial Mobile Force Company-Cebu Police Provincial Office and the PNP Drug Enforcement Group.