The weekly newspaper The Mindanao Cross in Cotabato City earlier reported that illegal drug syndicates in Kabacan are using half naked children aged 8 to 10 in selling and transporting shabu.
Orbe, in his appearance at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan recently, confirmed the presence of these boys, particularly in Crislam Village here, when one of them approached and offered him a sachet of methamphetamine hydrochloride, more popularly known as shabu. Orbe said he went there to check on the report.
This prompted the PDEA 12 to conduct an entrapment operation which resulted to the arrest of four syndicate members. The four are now facing charges for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.
Orbe said that the town of Kabacan is on top of PDEA’s list of towns where drug abuse is rampant. The towns of Pikit, Matalam, Makilala and Kidapawan City, in that order, follow. (Williamor A. Magbanua / MindaNews contributor)