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Village chief in Misamis Oriental nabbed with 'shabu,' guns

BALINGASAG, Misamis Oriental — A village chief and his brother were collared during an anti-drug raid at their residence here Thursday morning, an anti-illegal drug agent said.
Jing Fox, the head of the raiding team of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Misamis Oriental, identified the suspects as Robert Anthony Valmores, village chief of Cogon, and his brother Rey Valmores, alias "Tutak."
Fox said that agents swooped down on the residence of Valmores armed with a search warrant issued by Executive Judge Dennis Alcantar of the Regional Trial Court.
He said that the operatives recovered from the possession of the suspects 40 grams of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu, a loaded .45 caliber pistol and one AK-47 with live bullets.
The seized shabu has an estimated street value of P400,000, Fox said.
"Perhaps, the pregnant wife prevented the suspect from resisting arrest because the operatives found out that the firearms of the suspect was already loaded when recovered," Fox said.
He said that it took some time for the suspect to come out of their room and surrender peacefully.
According to Fox, the suspect has been in the order of battle since 2014, and has been warned many times by his constituents to stop his alleged illegal drug trade.
"As a public official, we find it hard to arrest the suspect, but PDEA would enforce the anti-illegal drug drive as mandated by President Rodrigo Duterte at all cost," Fox said.
Fox also thanked the local government units in Balingasag, one of the major towns east of Misamis Oriental for the support extended to the PDEA operatives.
"We would also like to extend our gratitude to Governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano of Misamis Oriental for his continued support to the government's anti-illegal drug campaign in the province," Fox said. (PNA)
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