URDANETA CITY, Pangasinan: A tunnel believed to be used by suspected drug pushers and kidnappers was uncovered in an abandoned house here during a clearing operation in a Muslim compound in Barangay Camantiles on Friday.
City chief of police, Supt. Marceliano Desamito, said the underground structure was said to have been used as a drug den and where the pushers repacked shabu sold in small amounts.
The Manila Times source said the tunnel, approximately 4×8 square meters, was also used by a kidnap-for-ransom syndicate as a hide out.
Desamito described the compound as “untouchable”.
Rinador Badron, a leader of the Urdaneta City Muslim Association (UCMA), told The Manila Times that the house was owned by Tom Lomabao who was killed in Barangay San Vicente in June 2013.
Lomabao, according to Badron, was the alleged leader of a gun-for-hire syndicate in Pangasinan and affiliated with a kidnapping syndicate operating in Metro Manila, Cavite, Rizal, Laguna and Batangas provinces.
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Philippine National Police admitted that the Muslim compound is included in their list as drop off point of prohibited drugs in the past several years.
On Friday, about 300 families in the compound voluntarily demolished their houses upon the order of Mayor Amadeo Gregorio Perez 4th, to end speculations that he is coddling suspected drug pushers in the area.
The lot where the compound is located is owned by Perez’s father, Amadeo Jr., who allowed them to construct temporary houses in 1987.