PDEA, cops nab alleged NPA member in Sarangani anti-drug op


Authorities have arrested a suspected member of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) in a buy-bust operation in Sarangani.

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Aaron Aquino identified the suspect as Armando Banjao, alias Arman, 52, a resident of PC Reservation, Poblacion in Glan.

He said Banjao was also considered a high-value target of the authorities.

PDEA Regional Office XII and Glan Municipal Police Station conducted a buy-bust operation in Logpond, Barangay Poblacion, Glan on July 13, resulting in the arrest of Banjao.

Confiscated during the operation were more or less 0.56 gram of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu with an estimated value of P3,808, one hand grenade, and the buy-bust money.

Banjao would face charges for alleged violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 and Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Act.