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5 alleged drug dealers surrender, military says

ILIGAN City–Five alleged drug dealers surrendered to 49th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army, morning on Thursday (September 5) in Masiu, Lanao del Sur.

LtCol. Edgar Allan Villanueva, commander of the 49IB, said these personalities, who are included in the drug watchlist of the Philippine National Police and local government unit (LGU),, are involved in the illegal drug trade in the municipality.

They are identified as Ambayan Macapanton, 55; Binnor Macapanton, 22; Jamail Pangan Daman, 52; Salima Palawan Pangandaman, 32; and Haron Macabangkit, 34. All of them are residents of Masiu town.

“We helped the LGU and facilitate the surrender because of their loose firearms which they yielded to us,” Villanueva said.

Along with them, they also surrendered three handguns, an improvised rifle grenade, magazines and ammunitions.

Villanueva believes the surrender of the drug personalities is the result of his announcement during the Municipal Peace and Order Council meeting of Masiu LGU last month that the military is willing to facilitate those who want to surrender.

According to Villanueva, there are still many known personalities in the area who are into illegal drug trade and authorities are asking them to stop their illegal activities or they will pursue them in a joint law enforcement operation with the Philippine National Police.

“We cannot do the law enforcement operation because it is the function of the PNP but we can always help them by providing them security,” Villanueva said.

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