ANOTHER minor was arrested by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) agents, this time in Pampanga.
The arrest of 17-year-old boy is alarming as it strongly suggests that children are not exempted in the drug menace in the country.
Last Friday, three minors were captured in PDEA’s operations in Cubao, Quezon City.
Two weeks ago, an 11-month-old was found being carried by one of the arrested suspects in the buy-bust operation of PDEA – National Capital Region in Manila.
In a statement issued to the media on Tuesday, PDEA Director General Isidro Lapena said the 17-year-old boy was one of the five drug personalities who were arrested in anti-illegal drugs operation in San Fernando, Pampanga on March 3.
Lapena said the PDEA – Region operation was done through a search warrant issued by the court.
The PDEA chief did not disclose the identity of the boy in compliance with the Philippine Law that directs the law enforcement agencies not to reveal the identities of children involved in crimes.
PDEA Region 3 Director Juvenal Azurin said the principal suspect identified as Ligorio Cuano was arrested.
Azurin said Cuano is the owner of the house at the Lot 24, Block 43, Phase 1 Northville, Brgy. Calulut that was turned out to be being used for pot session.
He identified the alleged drug users who were also arrested as Jenalyn Morales, Ronne Pangilinan, Clarissa C. Gaza, and Clelovon Comomo.
They were charged before the court for violating several provisions of the Comprehensive Drugs Act of 2002 after a total of 25 grams of shabu worth P120,000 and several drug paraphernalia were reportedly in their possession.
The minor was brought to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) as the law requires.