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Slain Guinobatan drug suspect husband of PDEA intel agent

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The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Bicol confirmed that one of the slain drug suspects in a buy-bust operation on August 11 conducted in Guinobatan, Albay is the husband of an intelligence agent of the agency.

According to Jeamary Buendia, acting PDEA-Bicol information officer, the anti-drug agency discovered that dismissed police officer Ferdinand DLR Rigo, suspected leader of is the husband of PDEA Intelligence Officer 2 (IO2) Judith J. Rigo.

Killed with Rigo in the said drug sting were Private First Class Joel S. Coderes, 26, a resident of Iriga City and assigned to the army’s 31st Infantry Brigade in Sorsogon; Valdemar O. Olaguer, 31, of Guinobatan; and Olaguer’s live-in partner, Crisanta V. de Castro, 36, also of Guinobatan.

Post-operation inspection of materials in the possession of the slain suspects caused the recovery of documents, among which include classified documents about ‘Oplan Tokhang’ from the service vehicle of Ferdinand Rigo, a validated list of drug personalities in the area, and a designation order for PDEA intel agent Judith Rigo.

Buendia said this discovery prompted the agency to conduct a thorough probe, which includes the possible involvement of the PDEA officer in her husband’s illegal drug deals.

The suspects died before reaching the Josefina Belmonte Duran Memorial District Hospital in Ligao City.