• Military officer, former mayor nabbed in CDO raid

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    CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY: An army officer and a former town mayor were arrested during a raid on a compound on Saturday morning in the village of Kauswagan, this city.

    Army Major Suharto Macabuat and his wife Johayra Macabuat alias “Marimar” and “Mayora,” and Sonny Santican, were among the 11 persons nabbed during a raid.

    Armed with a search warrant issued by the trial court here, the joint team of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the local police swooped down on the Macabuats’ compound to serve a search warrant for a certain “Marimar” or “Mayora” and Santican.

    “Mayora” turned out to be Johayra Macabuat, a former town mayor of Maguing, Lanao del Sur.

    Operatives recovered six short firearms and suspected shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) in one of the houses house inside the compound.

    The former mayor denied ownership of the drugs, blaming that the operatives for it. She said she is a legitimate businesswoman, and challenged the government to conduct a thorough background check on her activities and open her bank accounts.

    Major Macabuat, meanwhile, said he arrived only Friday night from Manila after he was relieved from his duties at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).

    He said he is assigned at Fort Bonifacio, but was detailed at the office of NBP General Reiner Cruz.

    Macabuat also denied any involvement in the illegal drug trade and claimed ownership of the six short firearms seized during the search.

    He said he and his wife are willing to face the charges against them.

    The PDEA alleged that “Marimar” is the supplier of illegal drugs in Northern and Central Mindanao, and has been the subject of a manhunt for years.

    PNA

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