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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Authorities hunt radioman’s drug suppliers

AUTHORITIES are now on the hunt for suspected drug dealers who may have been suppAClying the arrested taxi driver, who also volunteers as a radio reporter in Cagayan de Oro City.

Suspect Lodymer Jagos, 29, a resident of Barangay Tagpangi, was arrested by the police and members of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in a drug bust in Barangay Carmen last

Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo) spokesperson Superintendent Mardy Hortillosa said police and PDEA operatives are conducting follow-up operation following the arrest of Jagos, who yielded sachets of suspected crystal meth, locally known as shabu.

Police said they have conducted surveillance on Jagos for the past two weeks.

As of this posting, law enforcers have been conducting surveillance and following up tips that could lead to the arrest of drug personalities that could be Jagos’ suppliers.

Prior to his arrest, Jagos was a reporter cum anchorman at 103.9 Marian Radio, an affiliate of Radyo Bandera Network (RBN).

Marian Radio management said the suspect was not a full-time employee but a volunteer.

In a statement he posted on Facebook on Monday, RBN president and chief executive officer Elgin Robert Damasco has ordered all its stations and affiliates to ensure that none of its personnel are involved in illegal drugs or other criminal activities.

The RBN top official has mandated all radio station employees, including volunteer reporters, under the network to undergo drug test and to require applicants to submit all the necessary certifications from the barangay, police and PDEA to the management.

In the statement, Damasco said the RBN management was “deeply saddened by the involvement of one of its volunteer reporters in Cagayan de Oro who was allegedly caught by our authorities in possession of illegal drugs.”

“We would like to clarify that the act committed by Jagos is his personal activity and is not connected in any way with the radio station, the management and the network,” he added.

In interview with reporters, Jagos denied the accusation as he maintained he is not engaged in the illegal drug trade.
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