PDEA nabs 3 alleged MILF members for illegal drugs

Maguindanao – A huge sachet of illegal drugs worth Php680,000 and an M14 rifle were seized by operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) from three men who claimed to be members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) during an anti-drug operation in Datu Odin Sinsuat here on Monday.

Also seized from the suspects were a Hyundai Accent car, a Suzuki multicab vehicle, and identification cards that were allegedly issued by the MILF.

Asnawi Salik, chief of PDEA Maguindanao, identified the suspects as Teng Saliguidan, 38, of Barangay Sta. Clara, Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat; Omra Usop, 23, and Guiadzali Quituar Kedtag, 34, both residents of Barangay Elian, Datu Saudi in Maguindanao.

Salik said the three suspects were arrested during a joint anti-drug operation with police and military operatives in Barangay Awang, Datu Odin Sinsuat on Monday at around 4:00p.m.

“We placed them under surveillance for at least three weeks before this successful operation,” Salik said.

The three suspects were reportedly distributing illegal drugs and firearms in Maguindanao and Sultan Kudarat areas.

Salik said the three are facing charges in violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 and Republic Act 10591 for illegal possession of firearms and explosives.

The three alleged MILF members are now detained at the PDEA-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao custodial facility in Cotabato City.

However, in a statement issued on Tuesday, the MILF denied knowing the arrested suspects.

“We have no legitimate members with those names,” the MILF said, citing that illegal drugs for the MILF is haram, or something that is forbidden in Islamic law.

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