Following the fall of the Manila-Mindanao drug connection early this month, PNP anti-illegal drugs operatives busted yet another major drug distribution network that supplies drugs from Metro Manila to Central Visayas.

PNP Chief, Police General Debold M Sinas said four members of the drug ring died when they engaging arresting police officers of the PNP Drug Enforcement Group (PDEG)along C6 Road in barangay Napindan, Taguig City at 5:30 this morning.

PDEG agents recovered 40 kilograms of Shabu worth P272-million and an assortment of high-powered firearms from the slain gang members including two Bushmaster assault rifles, a KG-9 machine pistol and two handguns.

Citing reports from PDEG Director, Police Brig Gen Ronal Lee, Sinas said among the dead were CHRISTOPHER OCAROL and ALLAN CATALAN. The two other fatalities remain unidentified.

PDEG records identified Ocarol and Catalan as notorious drug personalities operating in Central Visayas since year 2000 until the were both briefly imprisoned at the National Penitentiary and the Cebu City Jail for dug cases, but were released on appeal in 2015. To avoid detection in Central Visayas, the two established their base of operation in Metro Manila and started shipping small quantities weekly of illegal drugs to Cebu.

As their drug activities expanded to Taguig and Pasig , the duo became casino high rollers. Last December 5, PDEG agents arrested two key players in the trafficking operations of the so-called Manila-Mindanao connection, composed of Mindanao natives residing in southern Metro Manila, in a buy-bust operation Parañaque City.

MARLON BAYAN, 32, of P-6 Bry. Man-Ogob, San Vicente, Camarines Norte; and GUIMALODIN EBRAHIM, 27, of Talitay, Maguindanao yielded eight kilograms of Shabu worth P54-million. (PNP-PIO)