PBMA member nabbed in buy-bust

By Dave S. Albarado

A 22-year-old graduating Maritime student and a member of a religious sect fell into the hands of the law after getting caught allegedly selling drugs in a sting operation in Talibon town on Friday.

Police authorities identified the suspect as Lou Bryan Reposposa, a fourth year marine transportation student of the BIT-International College-Talibon campus, of barangay Mahayag, San Miguel town, and a member of the Philippine Benevolent Missionary Association (PBMA).

PBMA is a non-sectarian and non-profit charitable religious fraternal organization for men and women in the Philippines founded by Ruben Edera Ecleo Sr. in 1965 on the island province of Dinagat, off the coast of Mindanao, according to the Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia.

Reposposawas included in the newly identified drug personality list, the police said.

Prior to the conduct of the sting operation, police coordinated with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA). Chief Insp. Franco Rudolf Oriel with SPO2 Crisanto Bonghanoy Jr. led the team that conducted the buy-bust operation against the suspect.

The drug enforcement team from Talibon police station conducted a buy-bust operation and was able to transact with the suspect for alleged shabu using a marked money.

The suspect allegedly sold suspected shabu to an undercover cop posing as a buyer for P500.

A piece of heat-sealed plastic sachet containing a white crystalline substance alleged to be shabu or crystal meth.

After the routine body search after the arrest, the police found another two pieces of heat-sealed plastic sachet containing a white crystalline substance allegedly to be shabu.

The marked money used in the buy-bust operation was recovered as police also took a cellular phone believed to be the unit being used by the suspect in his transactions.

Resposposa is currently detained at the Talibon police station lock-up jail as charges of violation of Republic Act 9165 will be filed by authorities against him tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the Commission on Higher Education (Ched) Memorandum Order No. 64, series of 2017, had set the policies, guidelines and procedures for higher education institutions (HEIs) requiring drug testing of students.

In the memo order, CHED said it supports the government’s war on illegal drugs, in accordance with the pertinent provisions of Republic Act No. 7722, otherwise known as the “Higher Education Act of 1994” and RA No. 9615, otherwise known as the “Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002,” and by virtue of Commission en banc Resolution No. 539-2017 dated July 18, 2017.

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