Bakhaw councilman nabbed in drug bust

BY RUBY P. SILUBRICO

Thursday, October 12, 2017

ILOILO City – A village councilman of Bakhaw, Mandurriao district was arrested in a buy-bust operation of the Iloilo City Drug Enforcement Unit (ICDEU).

The 59-year-old Virgilio Soledad was detained at the Mandurriao police station. An undercover police officer bought from him a sachet of shabu for P700.

According to Superintendent Rogen Morales, ICDEU chief, Soledad was a high-value drug suspect.

The buy-bust operation was carried out around 7:50 p.m. on Tuesday. Ten more sachets of shabu were seized from the suspect.

Citing intelligence information, Morales said Soledad was under the group of drug suspect Boni Gregori, son of Bakhaw barangay captain Remia Gregori.

Remia herself is a drug suspect and surrendered to the Mandurriao police station recently although she insisted she was not into the illegal drug trade.

Soledad denied trafficking shabu and claimed the sachets supposedly recovered from him were “planted.”

He also said no buy-bust operation took place.

“I was held by the police and afterwards they showed me the supposedly recovered illegal drugs. I’m against illegal drugs,” said Soledad.

Morales denied his men planted evidence against Soledad.

“Suspects in antidrug operations usually say that,” said Morales.

Soledad faces a charge for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PN