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318 Quezon villages still drug-affected

Emmanuel Tupas - The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines — A total of 318 out of 1,242 barangays in Quezon province are still affected by illegal drugs.

During a meeting of the Provincial Development Council and Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council on Thursday, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) reported that 749 barangays have been cleared of illegal drugs, 132 are drug-free and 45 to be declared drug-cleared.

PDEA said Barangays Ibabang Dupay, Market View, Cotta, Ibabang Iyam and Gulang-Gulang in Lucena; Malabanban Norte and Malabanban Sur in Candelaria, and Lusacan, Talisay and Lalig in Tiaong are considered ”critical” areas.

Meanwhile, in Marawi, shabu worth P170,000 was seized from three suspected operators of a drug den with alleged links to the Dawlah Islamiya terrorist group.

Rocaya Baguan, Sailani Decampong and Aslani Decampong were apprehended in a sting in Barangay Papandayan.

In Bacolod, shabu worth P4.59 million was seized from ex-convicts Edwin Belonio, 34, and Anthony Solon, 38, in Barangay Bata, according to Western Visayas police director Brig. Gen. Leo Francisco.

Records show that Belonio was arrested for drug trafficking in 2017 and convicted for homicide in 2012. He was released in January under a plea bargaining agreement.

Solon was released from jail on Sept. 19. – Michelle Zoleta, John Unson

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