Leyte Samar Daily Express

CABUCGAYAN, Biliran- At least three suspects of alleged drug selling and pushing claimed that they were manhandled and denied their rights during their arrests.

Leonilo Orzal said that agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) did not give them a humane treatment that they deserve despite of the allegations that they were using and pushing illegal drugs.

“They dragged us outside our home and ordered us to kneel down. They did not even informed our rights as suspects of an alleged crime which we are entitled under our law,” Orzal, 45 said.

Also arrested by the composite team from the PDEA and Regional Special Operations Group were Allan Cabulang and Dario Damaso during the October 8 buy bust raid.

The three suspects were arrested inside the house of Orzal located at Barangay Bunga, located within the town proper.

Among the items seized from them were two sachets of alleged hydrochloride methamphetamine (shabu) and alleged drug paraphernalias.

Orzal denied that he was selling illegal drugs, particularly hydrochloride methamphetamine (shabu) though he admitted that he was “once a drug user.”

He also denied that the items sized from them were just “planted” by the agents. Orzal said that he is just an ordinary fisherman.

The three are now detained at the lock up cell of the local police station.

Orzal’s wife, Lolita, also accused the agents of taking some of their personal belongings like tablet, computer, jewels and other valuables.

“What they did to my husband was really inhuman and horrible. It caused us trauma. He was innocent on the accusation that he is into illegal drugs trade,” Lolita said.

She alleged that her husband was a victim of a “frame up” by a person whom she said had a personal grudge against her family.

But town police chief Inspector Roderico Lepasana dismissed the claims of the Orzal couple.
Lepasana said that the three suspects were not physically harmed during the arrest and that they were informed of their rights.

“That is their version to the incident. But they are known in the community to be involved in illegal drug trading in our town,” the town police chief said. (JOEY A.GABIETA)

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