Albay PENRO arrested in drug bust

LEGAZPI CITY 10/19/2017 (Bicol Standard) – The Chief of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of the Department of Natural Resources Regional Office 5 was arrested in a drug bust by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Davao City earlier this week.

Benjamin Jaraplasan Medel was nabbed along with Dr. Stephen So Tay, a surgeon of Metro Davao Medical Center, at #3, Marigold Street, San Pedro Village, Davao City.

According to the PDEA operatives, Medel and Tay are both high-value targets.

Both suspects tested positive for drug use.

PDEA, however, has yet to confirm if Medel is also a pusher.

Medel, who is Tay’s fraternity brother, went to Davao City to attend a conference.

Medel also previously served as PENRO of Catanduanes.