ANGELES CITY -- A Japanese national accused of physical injuries was charged with another case of illegal possession of prohibited drugs after policemen interrogating him discovered a sachet of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) in his pocket.

Police Station 4 chief Luisito Tan said that Ebisawa Haruo, 65, who is staying at Tiger Hotel, allegedly beat his fellow Japanese named Shinja Omata, 52, inside a convenience store at Josefa Subdivision in Barangay Malabanias here.

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Omata was reportedly collecting money which Haruo owed him. The suspect allegedly refused to pay and even mauled Omata.

But police investigators noticed that Haruo kept covering the left pocket of his shirt where he placed the suspected illegal drugs.

Haruo is now detained at the Police Station 4.

In a separate operation on Tuesday, elements of Police Station 4 arrested another person identified as Abel Fernando Gomez, 31, of Canida Subdivision, Mabalacat town.

Tan said his men were conducting vagrancy operation when they encountered Gomez along the A. Santos Street, corner Hennyfil Street in Barangay Balibago.

When accosted, the suspect reportedly yielded shabu.

Gomez was charged with drug possession before the Office of the City Prosecutor, Tan said.

Senior Superintendent Danilo Bautista, city police director, earlier directed all police units to intensify drive against prohibited drugs. (Reynaldo G. Navales)