SEIZED ITEMS. An estimated PHP1.2 million worth of shabu is seized Sunday (June 19, 2022) from a businessman in Maramag, Bukidnon. The Police Regional Office in Northern Mindanao vows to remain focused on apprehending users and distributors of illegal drugs in the region. (Photo courtesy of PRO-10)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The eradication of illegal drugs in the Northern Mindanao remains a top priority of the Police Regional Office-Region 10 (PRO-10), its top official said Monday.

Brig. Gen. Benjamin Acorda Jr., the PRO-10 director, said all the police stations in the region continue to focus on illegal drug users and distributors.

“We are serious in this matter and this is not something that we could just neglect. We will take the necessary steps,” Acorda said.

Acorda’s statement came on the heels of an anti-drug operation Sunday evening in Maramag, Bukidnon, that netted a local businessman for his alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade.

The suspect, identified as Sir Knight D. Espiritu, 42, is the fifth provincial level “priority target” of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.

Confiscated from Espiritu were some 185 grams of suspected shabu in transparent plastic sachets with an estimated street value of PHP1.2 million, police said.

As of this posting, Espiritu is detained at the Maramag municipal police station in Bukidnon pending the formal filing of charges before him in court. (PNA)