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Police officer, cop’s brother arrested in buy-bust operation

October 03, 2019 - Thursday 6:10 PM by Ruth Palo

Article Banner Image END OF THE LINE. Staff Sergeant Elcelito Macarandan Colita and Glen Art Laurel Muring are presented to the media after their arrest. ARJOY M. CENIZA

DAVAO CITY -- A police officer and a brother of an official of the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) were arrested on Wednesday night in a buy-bust operation in Barrio Obrero, this city.

Police Regional Office (PRO) 11 director Brigadier General Marcelo Morales identified the police officer as Staff Sergeant Elcelito Macarandan Colita, 35, a resident of Santo Rosario, Sasa and assigned at the Marilog Police station.

Morales said Colita entered the police force in 2011.

He identified the other suspect as Glen Art Laurel Muring, 40, a resident of Santa Teresita, Buhangin, this city.

Morales said Muring is an older brother of Major Peter John Muring, chief of the  DCPO’s Administrative Branch.

Operatives from Talomo Police Station led by Major Ronald Lao, in coordination with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) 11, conducted the operation at Iñigo Street, Barrio Obrero after obtaining information that Colita and Muring were involved in using and selling shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride).

He said suspects together sold one plastic sachet of suspected shabu to a police operative who acted as a buyer.

Seized from the possession of Muring were a total of seven plastic sachets containing suspected shabu; one caliber 9 mm pistol with one magazine; five f 9 mm live bullets; one holster; chamber load; one cell phone; and one motorcycle.

Meanwhile, recovered from Colita were his issued 9 mm pistol with magazine and 15 live bullets; one magazine containing 15 live bullets with one chamber load; one holster, one cell phone; a sling bag, and one motorcycle.

Aside from Staff Sergeant Elcelito Macarandan Colita and Glen Art Laurel Muring (above), the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) 11 director Antonio Rivera said his unit is now monitoring four other active members of law enforcement units who are using and selling illegal drugs. ARJOY M. CENIZA

The suspects were presented to the media in a press conference on Thursday morning at the conference room of DCPO.

Morales said the seized drugs have an estimated total street value of P10,500.

The two suspects are now in the custody of Talomo police station for further investigation and proper disposition for filing of administrative and criminal charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Muring will also be facing a case of illegal possession of firearms.

Morales said Muring is included in the PNP’s drug watchlist and had been arrested twice at Task Force Davao checkpoints.

He was released from detention through a plea bargaining agreement two years ago.

Morales said Colita will be automatically relieved from his present assignment.

He said the chief of police in Marilog Police Station, Captain Merlito Tubog, will also be relieved due to command responsibility.

Morales said Major Peter John Muring was also relieved effective yesterday as chief of the  DCPO’s Administrative Branch as he is also responsible for the illegal activities of his brother.

Morales said Major Muring will be assigned at the Regional Personnel Holdings and Accounting Office at PRO 11 where he will be undergoing retraining and re-orientation. 

“The PRO 11 continues to monitor its personnel its personnel if there are involved or not as we are firm in cleansing our rank. This accomplishment only proves that we never rest on our campaign against illegal drugs.” Morales said.

“We are constantly reminding the public to end their illegal activities, that their days are numbered, including our police officers. If they are into it, they will be the first to go,” he added.

Morales asked the public never to be silent amid the culture of impunity and to report any information they acquire of alleged involvement of police officers in illegal drugs so that the PNP’s internal cleansing program will be effective.

For his part, DCPO chief Colonel Alexander Tagum said the arrest of the two suspects “would greatly reduce the proliferation of illegal drugs in different areas in the city.”

PDEA 11 director Antonio Rivera disclosed that the two suspects were not listed in their drugs watchlist as they are newly discovered high-value targets.

Rivera said they are continuously monitoring four other active members of law enforcement units who are using and selling illegal drugs.