An elected barangay official was arrested by combined operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) after he sold methamphetamine hydrochloride, or shabu, to a poseur-buyer inside a barangay hall in Bulacan.

PDEA Director General Undersecretary Arturo G. Cacdac, Jr. identified the suspect as Roberto Manlapid y Quintos, 45 years old, barangay chairman of Barangay San Martin II, San Jose del Monte, Bulacan.

On October 22, 2014, elements of PDEA Regional Office 3 (PDEA RO3) under Director Jeoffrey Tacio, together with teams from Regional Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group 3, Regional Intelligence Division-Intelligence Operations Service and San Jose del Monte Police conducted the buy-bust operation in the barangay hall of Barangay San Martin II, San Jose del Monte, Bulacan, at around 5:30 in the afternoon.

Manlapid’s cohort, identified only as a certain Abu, was able to elude arrest.

            Confiscated during the operation were three heat-sealed plastic sachets of shabu, weighing roughly 15 grams and the buy-bust money worth P500.

Manlapid will be facing charges for violation of Section 5 (Sale of Dangerous Drugs), Article II of Republic Act 9165, otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.