ONE of the remnants of the Prevendido Drug Group was arrested following an anti-narcotics operation in Jaro, Iloilo City.
Members of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency 6 (PDEA-6) stormed on Ryan “Arsaf” Jablo’s house at Barangay San Isidro late morning of Aug. 29, 2018.
PDEA operatives recovered 5 sachets of suspected shabu weighing around 25 grams and with a street value of more or less P175,000.
Jablo is no ordinary drug peddler, according to police and PDEA reports.
He is the brother of Rasty Jablo, a suspected drug pusher, who allegedly killed himself while in detention in General Santos City.
His sister-in-law, Noemi Jablo, was a former barangay captain and was even named one of the alleged “Tres Marias” in the illegal drug trade in Iloilo City.
Arsaf Jablo surrendered through Oplan Tokhang as a drug user.
But Barangay Captain Felix Dureza of San Isidro village confirmed that he is included in the list of suspected drug personalities of the Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC).
Nicolas Gomez, PDEA-6 team leader, confirmed that Jablo is on their list as a high value target (HVT) 2 drug personality, being an alleged member of the Prevendido Drug Group.
But with several drug personalities belonging to their group already killed or arrested, Jablo’s operation allegedly thrived.
The group’s leader, Richard Prevendido, was killed in a police operation Sept. 1, 2017 while his sister, Punong Barangay Remia Prevendido Gregori, was also gunned down on June 24, 2018.
Arsaf Jablo slammed insinuations that he owned the illegal drugs seized from his house.
He stressed that he is willing to offer his life just to prove that he was not into the illegal drug trade.
He claimed that he worked hard as a fish vendor to support his family.
During the operation, Jablo expressed concern about the health of his mother, who was emotional when he was arrested.
Ryan’s sister-in-law, Noemi Jablo, was arrested in a shabu buy-bust operation afternoon of July 10, 2018.
Members of the PNP Regional Drug Enforcement Unit 6 (RDEU-6) arrested the 57-year old Noemi, who lost her re-election bid at Barangay Desamparados, Jaro, Iloilo City, at Barangay Ungka 2, Pavia, Iloilo.
She was with a certain Alton Guirjen, 30, also of Barangay Desamparados, when arrested.
Guirjen was Jablo’s alleged runner.
More or less 10 grams of suspected shabu with an estimated street value of P120,000, a mobile phone, and P3,000 cash were taken from the suspects’ possession.
The suspects allegedly kept the shabu in the fishes they were vending.
In 2017, the Iloilo City Council investigated three lady punong barangays for allegedly coddling illegal drug peddlers in their families and communities.
The investigation conducted by the committees on police matters and barangay affairs included Jablo, Punong Barangays Keith Espinosa of Monica-Blumentritt, City Proper and Gregori of Bakhaw, Mandurriao.
In a report released in April 2017, the committees found Espinosa and Gregori liable for gross neglect of duty and grave misconduct for “willfully, intentionally and deliberately defied and violated the provision of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Circular 2015-63.”
Jablo, on the other hand, was cleared of administrative liabilities.
The probe against the three lady punong barangays started in October 2016 at the height of Oplan Tokhang.
It found that Gregori purportedly failed to include in the confidential list the names of prominent drug personalities in her barangay, particularly her son Boni Gregori, nephew John Rey Prevendido and brother Richard Prevendido.
Jablo also failed to include in the Confidential List (CL) names of prominent drug personalities belonging to her family, while
Espinosa allegedly failed to include in the list the name of her husband, Jesus “Jing-Jing” Espinosa Jr.
But the committee report said there is no proof that Jablo neglected her duty.
“Records will show that Jablo included in her BADAC the names of at least two drug personalities, which happened to be relatives of her husband – Ariel Prevendido and Rommel Gregori,” it said.
Jablo did fail to name Ryan Jablo, who is included in PDEA list, but he is not a resident of Desamparados.
The Jablos alleged involvement in illegal drugs came to light after the death of their younger brother Carcar Jablo.
Carcar was shot dead in October 2016 at Barangay Desamparados. The killing was believed to be drug-related.
The following month, Ryan’s brother and Noemi’s husband, Rasty Jablo, died in an apparent suicide.
Jablo was found hanging by his neck early morning of Nov. 22, 2016. He was still alive and was gasping for air when found inside his cell in Gen. Santos City in Mindanao.
He died in less than an hour later.
Jablo reportedly tied a blanket around his neck and latched it on the ceiling of his detention cell at Gen. Santos City Police Station 4.
On Nov. 17, Jablo was arrested in Gen. Santos City after taking a 6-month old infant hostage.
In July 2017, their sister, Carla Jablo-Ledesma, and her husband Arnel Ledesma were arrested in Barangay Tanpael, Tigbauan town.