COTABATO CITY (PNA) – A public school teacher from Maguindanao was arrested by anti-narcotics operatives while her husband escaped during a law enforcement operation in this city on Monday evening.

A female teacher from Maguindanao suspected of peddling illegal drugs in Cotabato City covers her face with a white cloth as an anti-narcotics agent account the suspected shabu drugs amounting to PHP40,000 seized from her possession on Monday (Aug. 31, 2020). The teacher’s husband, who managed to escape, is being tracked down by a joint team of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and police operatives. (Photo courtesy of PDEA-BARMM via PNA)

Agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (PDEA-BARMM) arrested the teacher, whose identity was withheld pending follow-up operations after she allegedly handed over a sachet of suspected shabu to an undercover agent at 8 p.m. in Barangay Bagua Mother here.

“The teacher and her husband were considered high-value targets and have been placed under surveillance for about a month before Monday night’s operation,” said Juvenal Azurin, PDEA-BARMM director.

Azurin said the suspect yielded some six grams of shabu with a street value of PHP40,000 and the marked money.

Azurin identified the husband as a certain Jam and is now the subject of a manhunt operation by PDEA-BARMM and the city police office. 

Source: Manila Bulletin (