A regional party list candidate manager, People’s Volunteer Against Illegal Drugs (PVAID), was arrested in a takeover operation for allegedly selling methamphetamine or “shabu”.
ABS-CBN News reported that jerklie abdulkarim and two other individuals were apprehended by the National Bureau of Investigation – Illegal Drugs Task Force in Dasmariñas, Cavite on Tuesday.
The NBI said the regional manager of PVAID was the mastermind of the group selling half a kilo of shabu for over a million pesos.
Abdulkarim also allegedly used a minor as a drug courier.
Attorney Jonathan Galicia, head of the NBI’s Illegal Drug Task Force, said the group had been selling drugs in Cavite and the National Capital Region for years.
He also assured the public that they would investigate the matter further.
“What is scary about this case is that these people are using their position para mawala attention sa kanila”, Galicia noted in the report.
“They’re using an organization that’s supposed to fight illegal drugs and this guy does the opposite…when these people are elected more powerful, more connected, mahihirapan to catch these people,” he said. added.
Meanwhile, Abdulkarim admitted he was a PVAID officer but denied that they were involved in the crime. He also denied using a minor to deliver drugs.
Retired Col. Rodrigue Bonifacio, the PVAID’s top candidate, condemned Abdulkarim’s reported involvement and praised the NBI for his arrest.
Bonifacio also said he would conduct his own internal investigation and cooperate with the office.
“Wala akong alam sa ginagawa niya… kami mismo ang gagawa ng hakbang para mawala in record namin ang mga ganyang klaseng tao in aming grupo,” he said.
Bonifacio added that they would summon their other officers to explain Abdulkarim’s actions.
“Galit ako, sabi ko nga sa kanila, kabilinbilinan ko na ayaw ko ng ganyan… maayos ang track record namin. But with the offense of one of our officials, we will not tolerate this,” he said.
Based on ID cards recovered, Abdulkarim is part of the group “Diehard Marcos Supporters”.
His arrest went viral on the internet where Filipinos commented that the incident was ‘ironic’ as he is an officer of a party candidate who is against illegal drugs.
“Well, that’s kind of ironic,” said one twitter user commented in response to the news.
“List of harassing parties FOR illegal drugs? ” another one online user joked.
“Oh how the turntables,” wrote another Filipino.
Another Twitter user shared a meme in response to the incident.
It featured a character from the famous “Scooby-Doo, where are you!” animated series in which the protagonists usually unmask the villains by disguising themselves to commit crimes.
well would you watch thishttps://t.co/9x9yTuekLd pic.twitter.com/SYQIsHrUvA
— . (@deathxortaxes) January 25, 2022
“Shabu” is among those considered “dangerous drugs” under Philippine law.
Republic Act 9165 prohibits possession of the substance, also known as “ice” or “methamphetamine”.
“It is the policy of the State to protect the integrity of its territory and the well-being of its citizens, especially young people, from the harmful effects of dangerous drugs on their physical and mental well-being, and to defend them against acts or omissions prejudicial to their development and preservation,” reads part of the law.
The PVAID group claims to be “the leading non-governmental organization in promoting the anti-drug campaign through preventive education and the formation of values”.
It was founded by Bonifacio and his supporters.