Sat. May 25th, 2019

Maute group member nabbed for peddling shabu

LANAO DEL SUR — Authorities confiscated P6.8 million worth of shabu from a member of the Maute terror group who fell in a sting in Wao town in this province Thursday.

The suspect, Amrodin Alan Bantog, is now in the custody of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, to be prosecuted for violation of the Philippine Dangerous Drugs Act.

Army intelligence sources and local officials in Lanao del Sur province told reporters Bantog remitted fractions of his earnings to the Maute terror group, now under a new leader, Owaida Marohombsar, also known as Abu Dar.

Juvenal Azurin, director of PDEA-ARMM, said Friday Bantog fell in an entrapment in Barangay Easter in Wao, a hinterland town in Lanao del Sur.

Azurin said the operation that led to Bantog’s arrest was assisted by the Lanao del Sur provincial police, the Army’s 34th Infantry Battalion and members of the Wao municipal peace and order council.

Local officials confirmed Friday that Bantog is one of the top ten large-scale peddlers of shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) in Wao.

The sources said he peddled shabu for the Maute, which operates in the fashion of the Islamic State.

The group has been providing sanctuary to drug dealers in areas where it operates in exchange for money.

John Unson

John Unson, The Philippine Star's writer and the president of the Kampilan Defense Press Corps (KDPC) based in Sixth Infantry Division (6th ID) at Camp Siongco, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao.