Carles cops get cash reward for P6.8-million shabu bust 

Colonel Noel Aliño (right), Iloilo police director, hands over the P50,000 incentive to the Carles police force led by Major Robert Jayson Pancha on Feb 16, 2023. (IPPO photo)

By Jennifer P. Rendon 

Officers of the Carles Municipal Police Station in Iloilo earned a P50,000 cash incentive almost a month after they arrested a 20-year-old suspected drug peddler.

Colonel Noel Aliño, Iloilo police chief, personally handed the amount to members of Carles PNP led by Major Robert Jayson Pancha on Feb 16, 2023.

“It’s a recognition of their efforts. It’s also a way to encourage other policemen to do their job well,” Aliño said.

Members of the Carles Municipal Police Station, Iloilo Police Provincial Office-Provincial Intelligence Unit, IPPO Provincial Drug Enforcement Unit Team 3, and 2nd Iloilo Provincial Mobile Force Company arrested Matthew James Bacos around 10:45 p.m. on Jan 18.

The buy-bust operation happened at Shangrila Beach Resort in Barosbos village, Carles.

Bacos, a resident of Barangay Botongon, Estancia, was collared after he handed a big plastic sachet of suspected shabu worth P600,000.

Police also recovered the marked money and item, 8 small plastic bags and 20 big sachets of suspected shabu, and other non-drugs items.

The seized drugs were valued at more than P6.8 million.

The suspect was already charged for violation of Republic Act 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002).