PDEA-10 director to jail warden: resign

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By RUEL VILLANUEVA PELONE, Mindanao Daily News Online
September 18, 2019

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CAGAYAN de Oro City--The head of the Philippine Drugs Enforcement Agency in Region 10 (PDEA-10) yesterday (September 18) sought for the resignation of Misamis Oriental Provincial Jail (MOPJ) Warden Dominador Tagarda.

PDEA Director Wilkins Villanueva urged Tagarda to resign shortly after his two sons were arrested for illegal drugs inside the compound of the Tagardas in Gumamela Extension in Barangay Carmen yesterday morning.

PDEA-10 agents reportedly seized more than a dozen of sachets allegedly containing methamphetamine hydrochloride locally known as "shabu" when they executed the search warrants against Gregor and his younger brother Von Clinton Tagarda.

Villanueva told reporters the Tagarda brothers have been the subject of surveillance since 2007 until their final arrest were made on Wednesday (September 18) when the PDEA arresting team were able to secure a search warrant from a judge.

"Mag resign ka na, nagtratrabaho ka sa MOPJ. Itinago niya ang kanyang anak sa Gingoog City. Witness pa ang 3 taong gulang sa pag rerepack. Nasa iisang balay at lugar sila," Villanueva was quoted as saying in a report posted by Bombo-Radyo-Cagayan de Oro in its website.

Over Magnum radio, Tagarda belied the accusation hurled by Villanueva.

In the same interview, Tagarda said he has already filed his early retirement which is scheduled in December this year.


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