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Anti-narcotics agents arrested a barangay chairman of Lanao del Sur and his two companions for selling shabu, during an entrapment operation in San Pedro, Laguna, authorities said Saturday.

Salpoden Mampao, chairman of Brgy. Mapoling, Lumba-Bayabao, was arrested inside a popular fast food chain outlet along the National Highway in Brgy. Nueva, on Monday, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Arturo Cacdac said.

Also arrested were Mampao’s companions Matuan Badong, 22, and Jalal Rinanandang, 28, both residents of San Lorenzo Village, Brgy. Balibago, Sta. Rosa City.

“An undercover agent was able to hatch a drug transaction with Mampao, who agreed to rendezvous inside a restaurant,” Cacdac said in a statement.

Members of the PDEA Regional Office 4A and policemen seized Mampao and his companions after they received the marked P500 bill in exchange for two sachets with 10 grams of shabu worth P20,000, Cacdac said.

The operatives also confiscated two loaded caliber-.45 pistols, a caliber-.38 revolver, and a sports utility vehicle from the suspects.

Another companion of Mampao, identified only as a certain Nasser Afdal, was able escape.

Charges of violating Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 are now being prepared against the 28-year-old Mampao and his companions. (John Roson)

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At least 43 people, all devotees of the Our Lady of Peñafrancia, were injured when the bus they were riding to Bicol skidded and fell on its side along the Maharlika Highway in Calauag, Quezon, early Saturday, police said.

The injured, all of whom came from San Pedro, Laguna, were brought by policemen and residents to different hospitals in Calauag, Lopez, and Gumaca, PO1 Samuel Merluza, radio operator at the Calauag Police Station, said.

The incident occurred around 2 a.m. while one Antonio Baultro was driving the Silver Star bus (TYZ-291) along the Maharlika Highway in Brgy. Mulay, according to a report from the Quezon Provincial Police.

“Natumba po ang bus sa gitna ng highway going to Naga City,” Chief Insp. Reynaldo Kasilag, Calauag police chief, said in the report.

Baultro escaped after the incident, Kasilag said.

The bus was carrying a total of 55 passengers, all bound for Naga to take part in the feast of the Our Lady of Peñafrancia, Merluza said.

Investigators have yet to determine what caused the crash, but are looking at the possibility that the driver lost control of the vehicle due to the slippery road.

“Medyo basa po ng kaunti [ang kalsada] kasi katatapos lang ng ulan,” Merluza said.

The feast of Our Lady of Peñafrancia is celebrated on the third Saturday and Sunday of September in Naga City. (John Roson)

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