Gov’t forces, MILF turn over seized shabu to PDEA-BARMM

Gov’t forces, MILF turn over seized shabu to PDEA-BARMM

COTABATO CITY – Police and military troops in Maguindanao have turned over to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (PDEA-BARMM) some PHP54,000 worth of illegal drugs found in an abandoned motorboat in Datu Piang town in the province. 

Maj. Gerry Santig of the Philippine Army’s 57th Infantry Battalion (57IB) and Datu Piang Police chief, Maj. Israel Bayona turned over the illegal drugs to PDEA agents at the Army battalion headquarters on Thursday afternoon.

Santig said the contraband was found by members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) inside an abandoned motorboat beside the Rio Grande de Mindanao in Barangay Kalipapa on Wednesday afternoon.

“The MILF members were conducting foot patrol along the river when they noticed the unattended motorboat and when they checked it, they found the illegal drugs,” Bayona said.

The MILF has been helping the government contain illegal drug personalities in its area of jurisdiction as part of its contribution to the peace campaign following the signing of a peace deal between the government and the MILF.

Maj. Gen. Juvymax Uy, chief of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division where the 57IB belongs, lauded the soldiers and the MILF for its gesture.

Uy said the move would surely deter persons engaged in illegal drugs in Maguindanao as both government forces and MILF members are out to neutralize them. (PNA)

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