Ex-politicians’ sons nabbed in drug busts

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

CAGAYAN DE ORO – It might just be a coincidence but the regional Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency arrested four persons, three of them happened to be sons of former political figures in Mindanao, in separate operations conducted over the weekend.

Two of the suspects are sons of former congressmen from Bukidnon and Lanao del Norte, while the other one is the son of a former assemblyman in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm).

PDEA-Northern Mindanao deputy regional director Rayford Yap identified the persons caught as Nico Pancrudo, Eric Badelles, and Roholla Saripada.


Reports confirmed that Candido Pancrudo, who used to represent the 1st district of Bukidnon in the 14th Congress, is the father of Nico.

It was also learned that Alipio Badelles, who served previously as Lanao del Norte’s 1st district representative from 1998 to 2007, is the father of Eric.

Yap said they still have to verify the exact name of Saripada’s father since the suspect refused to divulge personal details when asked by PDEA.

Based on PDEA’s report, Pancrudo and his companion, Dindo Pecson, were arrested at Scions Subdivision in Barangay Kauswagan around 6 p.m. last Saturday, August 9. Recovered from them were 12 sachets of suspected shabu weighing 16 grams with estimated worth of P128,000.

More than three hours later, PDEA agents swooped down on Badelles in an entrapment operation at Corrales Avenue. Taken from him were four sacks (big sachets) containing what authorities suspect as methamphetamine hydrochloride or “shabu”, weighing 20 grams, with street value of P160,000.

Around 12 noon on Sunday, August 10, PDEA operatives, together with members of the Naawan, Misamis Oriental police flagged down Saripada on board his Honda Civic car along the highway in Naawan.

Yap said the suspect, however, tried to elude arrest as he shot at the law enforcers who were blocking his way.

“He (Saripada) fired at our agents but they shot back. It was a good thing his car bumped a roadside culvert or he would have escaped,” Yap told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro Monday.

He said Saripada was hit in his shoulder during the firefight. Confiscated from his possession were four plastic sachets containing suspected shabu worth P160,000, a 9mm handgun, a magazine clip, and 10 live ammunition.

Yap said some of the suspects’ parents visited the PDEA detention area recently, but he said they made no attempt to “negotiate” for the release of their sons.

“They told us ‘ilang tubagon kay ila nang binuhatan (they should face the charges since they did it),’” he added.

In a television interview Monday afternoon, all the suspects denied the allegations against them.

In a separate interview with Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro on Monday, City Prosecutor Fidel Macauyag said the suspects will probably be charged with violation of sections 5 (selling and distribution) and 11 (possession) of the Republic Act 9165 or the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Macauyag said he has already delegated the City Prosecutor’s Office Division 1 chief Julieta Piloton to assign prosecutors to conduct the inquest proceedings for the four suspects. (Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro)

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on August 13, 2014.

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