LINGAYEN, Pangasinan: A former Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Federation president and municipal councilor, who allegedly is an affiliated member of a drug syndicate operating in Metro Manila and tagged by Aguilar town police as No.1 drug pusher in the area, was arrested on Wednesday.
Senior Supt. Ronald Lee, police provincial director, identified the suspect as Lanilet Antigua-Palisoc, 39, of Bocboc East in Aguilar town.
Lee said Palisoc was arrested by a team led by Senior Insp. Arturo Melchor Jr., Aguilar police chief, after handing over a sachet of shabu to a poseur buyer along Bocboc bridge, near the suspect’s house.
Police confiscated two more big sachets of shabu, and the P300.00 marked money from Palisoc, who has several illegal drug cases pending in the Regional Trial Courts of Lingayen.
They said Palisoc is also listed as a known pusher in the towns of Mangatarem, Bugallon, Urbiztondo, Lingayen and Labrador, having been confirmed as such by other drug pushers arrested in earlier operations.
The barangay (village) officials of Bocboc said more than 50 drug users also confirmed that the suspect was their supplier of shabu.
These drug users said Palisoc’s house is being used as drug den by high school students who use drugs.
Village secretary Robert Barte said they have invited the suspect to surrender but she refused.
At the police station, Palisoc admitted to The Manila Times that she is a drug user, but not a big-time drug pusher, claiming she was only selling small quantities of shabu to street drug users.
Her drug-pushing business supposedly started after she finished her term as SK representative to the Sangguniang Bayan of Aguilar in 2003, to support the needs of her siblings.