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PRESS RELEASE: 016/21

DATE:  June 30, 2021

A bogus agent of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) was arrested during a buy-bust operation in Ormoc City on June 26, 2021.

PDEA Director General Wilkins M Villanueva identified the suspect as Ronaldo Galapin y Colo, a high-value targeted drug personality in Ormoc City. Galapin is reportedly introducing himself as PDEA agent in his illegal drug activities.

At around 5:00 in the afternoon, joint operatives of PDEA Regional Office VIII (PDEA ROVIII) under Director Gilbert V. Buenafe, and Ormoc City Police Office arrested Galapin following an entrapment operation in Barangay Salvacion, Ormoc City.

Seized from Galapin were seven transparent sachets of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride, or shabu, weighing approximately eight grams, one caliber .45 pistol, two magazines loaded with 12 live ammunition, one fake PDEA ID, one fake PDEA badge, one mobile phone and cash amounting to ₱1,138.00 in different denominations.

Galapin will be charged for violation of Section 5 (Sale of Dangerous Drugs), and Section 11 (Possession of Dangerous Drugs), Article II of Republic Act 9165, or the “Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002”.

Additional charges for violation of Usurpation of Authority under the Revised Penal Code, and Republic Act No. 10591, or the “Act Providing for the Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition”, will also be filed against him.

“I encourage the public to be vigilant and report to PDEA any similar incidents involving suspicious individuals masquerading as PDEA agents,” Villanueva said.

“Maari po kayong magsumbong sa pamamagitan ng ‘Isumbong Mo Kay Wilkins!’ facebook page o di kaya pwede po kayong tumawag o mag-text sa aming mga hotline numbers 09953547020 at 09310278212,” he added.

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