Dinagyang kiosk owner caught selling shabu


Last weekend’s Dinagyang festival in Iloilo was not as drug-free as authorities had hoped, as police caught a kiosk owner selling methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) to revelers.

Police arrested Rubylen “Muyak” Peñaredonda, 35, at 10:30 p.m. last Saturday following a sting operation at Aldeguer Street in Iloilo City.

Investigation showed Peñaredonda sold a sachet of suspected shabu to an undercover police operative for P600. When frisked, she yielded two more sachets of shabu (

Senior Inspector Jose Val Ladublan, Iloilo City Police Station 1 chief, said they had kept tabs on Peñaredonda for her alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade.

He added Peñaredonda allegedly got her shabu supply from slain suspected drug lord Melvin Odicta, Sr.

Ladublan said Peñaredonda admitted she is into drug pushing and got her supply from the “remaining Odicta drugs.”

Members of the Iloilo City Police Station 1, Regional Intelligence Unit 6, and the Regional Intelligence Division 6 conducted the sting operation.

Police said Peñaredonda’s husband had surrendered to authorities via Oplan Tokhang but she did not.