Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano has lauded the successful anti-drug operation launched last Thursday by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) against the Bergonia Drug Group which was operating a shabu one-stop shop in Upper Bicutan and was using minors to peddle illegal drugs.
Cayetano said such raid was only among the series of successful operations that was made possible after her administration opened Taguig to PDEA and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to go after operators of illegal drugs.
She likewise reiterated her administration’s commitment of full support and cooperation to PDEA and other law enforcement agencies to stamp out illegal narcotics in Taguig.
“I thank the PDEA for continuously monitoring Taguig and helping us rid the city of illegal drugs. Their operations are truly commendable as it will complement the local government’s and the parents’ efforts to keep kids off illegal drugs,” the woman mayor said.
While expressing her gratitude to the PDEA, Cayetano, however, lamented that the arrested suspect is a mother who, she said, has given her kids a bad example in life.
Fe Bergonia, a resident at Block 71, Lot 51, Phase 4 JP Rizal Street, Upper Bicutan, was nabbed inside her house by PDEA operatives Thursday afternoon armed with a search warrant issued by Executive Judge Danilo Cruz of Pasig Regional Trial Court Branch 152. Packets of shabu and a weighing scale were seized inside the house.
Based on PDEA’s surveillance, Bergonia’s children were also involved in drug pushing.
Wilkins Villanueva, PDEA director for National Capital Region, said the agency considers the Bergonia Drug Group as a “big fish” for operating in Upper Bicutan.
Upon assuming office, Cayetano strengthened the anti-illegal drugs campaign and changed the system that hampered authorities to penetrate and operate in Taguig. Her administration opened the city to the PDEA and NBI to conduct raids against illegal narcotics operations.
In more than two years of her administration, the illegal drugs campaign resulted in numerous successful operations of PDEA, NBI and Taguig Police. For the second straight year, the Taguig Police ranked second as regards the number of illegal drug operations in Southern Metro Manila.
As a result of the strengthened partnership, the PDEA and Taguig Police arrested in a buy-bust operation a certain Richard Gomez in a restaurant in Serendra, Fort Bonifacio where P1 million worth of shabu was seized.