MANILA — The Southern Police District (SPD) announced on Sunday the arrest of the top drug personality in southern Metro Manila.
SPD Director Henry Ranola identified the suspect as Borbie Rivera, 37, chairman of Barangay 112 in Pasay City and listed as No. 1 in the SPD’s Top 10 drug suspects.
Ranola said Rivera was collared on Friday at around 4:30 p.m. along the northbound underpass of the Magallanes Interchange in Makati City by joint elements of the District Special Operations Unit (DSOU) and Operatives of District Anti-Carnapping (DANCAR) Unit led by Supt. Lorenzo Babagay Trajano.
The SPD chief said that Rivera was arrested while on board a gray Ford Mustang GT which was flagged down in a checkpoint set up by the DANCAR Operatives who had tailed the suspect from his residence in Biñan City, Laguna.
Confiscated in his possession were a Sig Sauer 5.56 semi-automatic rifle with one magazine containing 29 pieces of live ammunition and a caliber 9mm HK P2000 with two magazines containing 25 pieces of ammunition. He was later found not in possession of a valid driver’s license while the Ford Mustang GT bearing license plate FGT-50 was registered under Em-jie Corporation with business address at Biñan City.
The arrest was made by virtue of a warrant of arrest for murder issued by Judge Winlove Dumayas of the Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 59 in connection with the killing in January this year of one person and wounding of eight others in Barangay Pio Del Pilar, Makati City.
The suspect will also face charges of illegal possession of firearms under Republic Act No. 10591 (The Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act), driving without license and driving with no plates under R.A. 4136, known as the Land Transportation and Traffic Code of the Philippines.
Ranola lauded the commendable feat of his men and reiterated his call to all commanders under SPD to continue taking extra mile and hit the ground running as the SPD’s effort is gaining ground with the continuous downtrend in the number of crimes within the SPD area of responsibility.