British, Pinay arrested in Olongapo City drug buy-bust

A man and his Filipina companion were arrested in a buy-bust operation in Olongapo City this Sunday.

According to authorities, the suspects were arrested in Del Pilar St. in Brgy. Barretto after they were caught with 3 sachets of suspected shabu weighing 105 grams.

The national also allegedly surrendered the P3.5 million worth of illegal drugs hidden in his house.

Authorities confiscated P4.2 million worth of contraband from the suspects.

The national and the Pinay have been charged with violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.

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66 Lumad couples got married in del Sur mass wedding

Last week the 66 Bagobo Tagabawa couple got married in a free mass wedding in the town of Sta. Cruz, del Sur this Thursday and Friday.

The ceremony began with a semi-military wedding due to the saber parade as each couple marched towards the altar wearing the colorful traditional costumes of the native Bagobo Tagabawa.

The couple also showed off their wedding culture as well as the traditional wedding dance.

The municipal mayor of Sta. Cruz Jaime Lao Jr. officiated the wedding of the Lumads, which was also attended by the Davao del Sur Provincial Police chief, and several local government officials and indigenous people’s groups.

The Revitalized Pulis Sa Barangay (RPSB) team Sibulan of the PNP organized the mass wedding. They also processed the birth certificate, Certificate of No Marriage, and the Local Civil Registrar requirements of each pair. Three RPSB police officers served as the godfather of the newlyweds.

According to the barangay police, who were assigned to remote communities, they found that many indigenous people here live under the same roof even though they are not married.

This is the fourth mass wedding in Davao del Sur, helping hundreds of indigenous people in the area.

In the Philippines, mass civil or religious weddings are common and are often sponsored by government and charitable groups as a form of public service. Local politicians and sometimes celebrities participate as common wedding sponsors at such mass rites.