AWOL cop arrested in Makati drug case

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MANILA, Philippines — An Absent Without Official Permission (AWOL) police officer and his cohort have been arrested in a drug case in Barangay Palanan, Makati City, the Southern Police District (SPD) announced Thursday.

SPD reports said that after Wednesday’s bust-buy, officers discovered the suspect, Police Cpl. Ronaldo Robles, aka Thirdy, 45, of Malate, Manila, who was last assigned to the Regional Personnel Detention and Accounts Unit (RPHAU) of the National Capital Region Police Bureau (NCRPO ).

His companion has meanwhile been identified as Erwin Jenel dela Cruz, 25, of San Andres, Manila.

According to Makati Police Chief Col. Harold Depositar, Robles was immediately arrested after attempting to sell the alleged shabu to an undercover agent from the station’s drug enforcement unit, section of the Intelligence and Palanan Substation 2.

Police say Dela Cruz tried to escape while on the bus on a motorbike but got stuck on San Andres Street in Manila.

Police say Dela Cruz was injured when he tried to grab the gun from an officer who arrested him after being cornered.

Dela Cruz was taken to Makati Hospital.

Police seized 59 small sachets containing the alleged shabu, along with marked money used in the arrest.

The alleged shabu has a street value of 129,000 pesos, police said. He is now in the custody of the SPD forensic unit for chemical analysis.

An improvised handgun with three .38 caliber bullets, a brown box, a black purse, a PNP ID card belonging to Robles and a Yamaha NMax motorcycle were also seized from the bust.

Arrested suspects will face charges of violations of Sections 5 (selling dangerous drugs) and 11 (possession of dangerous drugs) of Republic Act 9165 or the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002; Article 151 of the Revised Penal Code (resisting arrest); and sections of RA 10591 or the General Firearms and Ammunition Act in relation to the election ban on firearms.

/MUF

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