DAVAO CITY – Police operatives in Davao Region seized about 1.8 kilos of shabu with an estimated value of P18 million, along precursors and chemicals used in its production, in an old house at Purok Bagani, Cuambogan, Tagum City, Davao del Norte on Sunday. 

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Police operatives in Davao Region seized about 1.8 kilos of shabu with an estimated value of P18 million, along precursors and chemicals used in its production (PRO 11-RPIO / MANILA BULLETIN)

A Police Regional Office 11 (PRO-11) report disclosed that the operation was conducted after a certain Ronnel Natores Navarro discovered a bag of white powdery substance believed to be shabu, laboratory equipment and chemicals while he was detaching the roof from the trusses of a house he was renovating. He was a carpenter hired by the new owner of the house. 

At around 9:45 a.m., October 11, personnel from Tagum City Police Station (TCPS), Tagum and Provincial Intelligence Units, Regional Drug Enforcement Unit 11 and Davao del Norte Provincial Mobile Force Company arrived to inspect the house.

The police, along Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Region 11 (PDEA-11), immediately dismantled the kitchen-type clandestine laboratory. 

PRO 11 Director Brig. Gen. Filmore Escobal recognized the vigilance of Navarro in reporting the presence of suspicious chemicals to the local police.

“I am thankful that this discovery was reported to the police,” he said. 

Investigation bared that the house was previously owned by Marivic Tan Casis, a detainee at the Tagum City Jail serving out his sentence for violation of Republic Act 99165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. She was reportedly arrested by PDEA-11 operatives sometime in 2018.

A certain Emarlinda Alcardo Manaday, who is the common law partner of Regidor Lubiano Tan Casis Sr., the father of Marivic, sold the property to Eliseo Eradea Isaal. 

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