Parojinog ‘trusted cohort’ falls in Misamis Oriental

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The government anti-narcotics agents have arrested a retired police officer, who was allegedly one of the trusted cohorts of Ozamiz City Councilor Ricardo “Ardot” Parojinog, during the implementation of a search warrant in Misamis Oriental, an official said Thursday.

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Aaron N. Aquino said Ruben Avellana Vilbar, 57, was nabbed following a lawful search in his house in Barangay Poblacion, Lugait, Misamis Oriental recently.

Vilbar, a retired Senior Police Officer 4 (SPO4), ranked number 14 in the list of targeted drug personalities in Northern Mindanao, he said.

Citing a reliable information, PDEA said Vilbar is one of the trusted cohorts of Parojinog, who was arrested in Taiwan and was brought back to the country to face charges for murder, illegal possession of firearms, and illegal possession of explosives.

The joint operatives of PDEA and police seized during the operation 11 plastic sachets of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride, or shabu, weighing about 50 grams, worth P340,000; various empty sachets; one caliber .45 pistol; one caliber .38 revolver; assorted pieces of live ammunition; several magazines for caliber .45 and M16 rifle; and one live grenade.

Vilbar, who has been detained at PDEA Regional Office X, faces charges for alleged violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 and Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Act.