Former Binibining Pilipinas candidate Mariafe Garlit, together with her lesbian partner, Ma. Lovella Rival, were arrested in a drug buy-bust operation on Monday at 2:30pm along M. Dela Fuerte Street in Sampaloc, Manila.
Chief Inspector Wilfredo Sy headed the Manila branch of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) who conducted the drug operation that apprehended Garlit and Rival.
The former beauty queen was said to have been using illegal drugs while her female partner Rival was ranked number three on the police’s list of target personalities connected in the illegal drug trade in Sampaloc, Manila.
Back in 2014, the two were also arrested for drug possession.
The authorities supposedly confiscated about 4 sachets of suspected ‘shabu’ and a hundred peso bill marked money from Rival, along with an improvised burner, a small transparent plastic sachet, cutter, and a pair of scissors from Garlit.
“She’s [Rival] one of the big-time players in the area who sold shabu at a price not lower than P500. For a poor community, where most of the residents are jobless, P500 is considered big money,” Sy said during an interview.
“That’s not true. I’m a user but I never sold drugs,” Rival said, denying the accusations levelled against them.
The couple even mentioned a certain “Igme” who they said set them up.
“Ang tagal ko na po kasi hindi gumagamit. Totoo po na gagamit ako, pero hindi po talaga ako nagbebenta,” Rival added.
Garlit claimed that she already stop using ‘shabu’ after she was released from a rehabilitation center back in 2014.