The PNP-IMEG, especially under the leadership of the current CPNP, does not and will not tolerate any wrongdoings, misconduct, and violation of laws by erring personnel. It has been 15 days after the CPNP challenged the men and women of the Philippine National Police to always do the right thing and to hate and fight criminals but there still few members of the PNP who refuse to toe the line.

In a report submitted to the Chief, PNP, PGEN BENJAMIN C ACORDA, JR, on May 11, 2023, at about 2:00 PM, joint elements of Team 5, Luzon Field Unit-IMEG (Lead Unit); together with Guinobatan MPS (Co-Lead Unit); Oas MPS; 505 MC, RMFB 5; Albay 1st PMFC; and PIT-Albay, RIU 5, conducted buy-bust operation for violation of RA 9165 at Purok 1, Brgy. San Rafael, Guinobatan, Albay against Pat Joshua C Resentes (Active PNP member) presently assigned at Regional Headquarters Support Unit, PRO 5. Upon arrival at said place, the operatives strategically positioned themselves together with PIU, Albay PPO, who acted as poseur-buyer (PB). Moments later, the suspect appeared and after a short pleasantry then gave to the PB the illegal drugs. The PB in return handed over the marked money to the suspect amounting to PhP16,000.00 (16 pieces of peso bills boodle money on top with one-piece genuine PhP1,000.00 bill denomination). At that juncture, the PB made the pre-arranged signal for the personnel from this Group and other operatives to rush and effect the arrest. The subject PNCO was arrested and apprised of his constitutional rights in a dialect understood by him.

As a backgrounder, the operation was an intelligence driven operation. Pat Joshua C Resentes, is under the intelligence monitoring and surveillance of Team 5, LFU-IMEG, after he was mentioned by the arrested drug personality in a recent drug operation conducted by personnel of Oas MPS, Albay PPO that he is the source and he is engaged in using/selling illegal drugs in the said municipality.

The following enumerated pieces of evidence were recovered from his possession, control, and custody and inventoried in the presence of the suspect as witnessed by Wilbur O. Bernales of Engkwentro, News TV Network as Media Representative and Hon. Jordan Oraa of Brgy. San Rafael, Guinobatan, Albay as Elected Public Official Representative:

a. Five pieces medium size heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets containing a white crystalline substance suspected as shabu;

b. One piece genuine PhP1,000.00 bill with serial no. M5 78720 placed on top of several pieces of PhP1,000.00 bill amounting to PhP15,000.00;

c. One unit Zigana PX-9 caliber 9mm pistol with PNP markings and serial no. PNP T062019BM01374;

d. 33 live ammunition for a caliber 9mm pistol; and

e. Three magazines for Zigana PX-9 caliber 9mm pistol.

The arrested suspect is now temporarily detained at Guinobatan MPS for documentation, proper disposition, and eventual filing of cases.

“Under my leadership, I will assure the public that the PNP will remain steadfast in its commitment to protect the Filipino people and rid the country of the drug menace. We will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that our communities are safe and secure,” CPNP, PGEN ACORDA, JR said in his statement.

“Ang aming hanay ay mas paiigtingin ang pagtuligsa sa mga iligal na gawain ng iilang miyembro ng kapulisan. Sisiguraduhin ng PNP-IMEG na wala kaming palalagpasin at kukunsintihin sa kadahilanang marami ang buhay na sinisira ng ilegal na droga.” PCOL ROSETE said.