Top 2 HVI-Regional Level, Arrested

Camp Kangleon, Palo, Leyte- The Police Regional Office 8 under the leadership of PBGEN BERNARD M BANAC, Regional Director arrested Victor Constiniano Militante III, Top 2 High-Value Individual-Regional Level during a buy-bust operation conducted at Brgy. Tacuranga, Palo, Leyte on July 24, 2022.

Militante is 44 years old, male, married, a former security guard and a resident of the abovementioned place.

Accordingly, the poseur buyer was able to purchase from the suspect, one (1) piece of a heat-sealed plastic sachet containing suspected “Shabu” worth Php 20,000.00. Subsequently, after the transaction, a search incidental to a lawful arrest was made which resulted in the confiscation of the following: one (1) black pouch containing the following: sixteen (16) pieces of heat-sealed plastic sachets containing suspected shabu; one (1) piece of Php 500.00 bill used as buy-bust money; digital weighing scale; one (1) unit 9mm pistol with six (6) 9mm live ammunition and one (1) magazine for 9mm; one (1) unit SHOTGUN with five (5) 12 gauge live ammunition; and one (1) Dapple color black bag.

Operatives from the Regional Police Drug Enforcement Unit 8 led by PCPT RENOLI C BAGAYAO, Deputy Chief; 805TH Maneuver Company, Regional Mobile Force Battalion 8 led by PCPT JOET MICAH O EVANGELISTA and Palo Municipal Police Station led by PLT JOHN PAUL SILVA, Team Leader, Station Drug Enforcement Unit, Provincial Drug Enforcement Unit-Leyte Police Provincial Office led by PMAJ J-RALE O PAALISBO, Team Leader; Regional Intelligence Division 8, Regional Intelligence Unit 8; and Criminal Investigation and Detection Group Regional Field Unit 8 in coordination with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency 8 carried out the said operation.

The inventory of the confiscated pieces of evidence was done at the place of arrest and in the presence of the suspect and the witnesses from the media, Mr. Ronaldo Yanuario and Brgy Councilor Rainier Reas of Brgy 18 Gomez-Sto Niño Street, Tacloban City. Also, the on-scene inspection was conducted by PLT JOHN PAUL SILVA, Team leader SDEU, Palo Municipal Police Station.

Confiscated plastic sachets with suspected shabu and loose firearms were brought to the Regional Forensic Unit 8 for examination. After the examination, submitted specimens to RFU 8 yielded positive results for Methamphetamine Hydrochloride “shabu”, a dangerous drug with a total weight of 22.52 grams based on the laboratory examination by the Forensic Chemist.

“This accomplishment is a good start to the week. I am glad to know that the Top 2 HVI of Eastern Visayas was apprehended at last. Also, the suspect was armed with dangerous firearms. To the operatives, I commend you all for this accomplishment,” RD BANAC said.

As of this writing, criminal complaints for Violation of Sections 5 and Article II of R.A. 9165 and R.A. 10591 (The Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act) have been prepared against the suspect and already referred before the Office of the City Prosecutor. Said suspect is now temporarily detained at Palo MPS.