• Sarangani local officials alleged to be using, selling shabu

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    The Manila Times has received a report from the City Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operation Task Force headed by Police Senior Supt. Maximo Sebastian that among Sarangani’s seven component towns, Maitum is a drop-off point for shabu. llegal drugs allegedly are transported from Maguindanao province by a private vehicle that passes through a connecting road from the towns of Isulan and Palembang in Sultan Kudarat province and then travels the whole stretch toward Maitum. The shabu is then personally delivered by a courier to his contact in Maitum. The contact is believed to be a local official protected by fully armed private bodyguards. Intelligence sources revealed that most of the barangay (village) chairmen and councilors are hooked on using illegal drugs and are also engaged in selling them for additional income, according to the source. Sebastian also revealed that they raided a Muslim community in Maitum where members of the Maguindanaon tribe suspected of dealing in drugs were supposed to be arrested but managed to escape. The Manila Times tried several times to get a statement from Maitum Mayor Alexander Bryan Reganit but he has not responded. Intelligence reports disclosed that the towns of Glan, Malapatan, Maasim and Malungon are also on the watch list as drop zones for illegal drugs. Alleged involvement of the local officials is being evaluated. “We are also doing a lifestyle check on these local officials,” Sebastian said. The municipalities of Maitum, Kiamba, Maasim, Malungon, Alabel, Malapatan and Glan are the seven component towns of Sarangani province.

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