Scared of Duterte, Mandaue’s most wanted drug suspect turns himself in

  • A suspected drug dealer in Mandaue City turns himself in to the local police
  • He admitted he was scared by Duterte’s declaration of war against drug syndicates in the country
  • He also vowed to change his ways for the sake of his family

MANILA, Philippines – A suspected drug dealer in Mandaue City, Cebu decided to turn himself in to the police out of fear for his life.

Pablito Loberanis, 29, admitted he surrendered to authorities because he is scared of incoming President Rodrigo Duterte and his pronouncement to rid the country of drug syndicates, and killing them if necessary.

Loberanis, from Sitio Dasko, Barangay Paknaan, is considered as Mandaue’s ‘No. 1 drug pusher’ and is high on the list of the police’s anti-drug campaign “Oplan Lambat Sibat” in the city.

“He takes charge of a lot of drugs, the volume he disposes and the area of operation is city-wide. Not only in barangay Paknaan but there are other barangays that are sourcing their supply from him,” Mandaue City police chief, Senior Supt. Jonathan Cabal, told Cebu Daily News.

Loberanis surrendered to the Mandaue police with his live-in partner and their child on Wednesday evening. He also turned over 1 unlicensed sub machine gun, 2 loaded magazines, and 4 sachets of shabu with an estimated street value of P10,000 to P15,000.

Cabal said Loberanis promised to change his ways once he regained his freedom for the sake of his family, especially his small son whom he doesn’t want to grow up witnessing what he does for a living.

“We’re lucky enough one of the suspects, Pablo, turned himself up and surrendered peacefully. He said, he will turn a new page in his life,” said Cabal.

A week ago, a carnapper in Cebu City, John Glen Arao-Arao,  turned himself in to an official of Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) after more than two years of hiding in Leyte.

Just recently, 23 self-confessed drug pushers and users presented themselves before the police in Surallah town in South Cotabato and promised to no longer engage in the illegal drug activities.

All confessed they were forced to surrender out of fear for Duterte’s all-out war campaign against illegal drugs, where they said they could potentially end up as another victim of summary execution.