Clear villages of drugs, officials told
Barangay officials were warned anew by the regional Philippine Drug Enforce- ment Agency (PDEA-7) that they will face administrative charges if they fail to clear their areas of drug users and pushers.
The warning came amid Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III’s admission that clearing the barangays of drugs is a “tall order” that can only be achieved through total community cooperation.
“It’s in the Local Government Code. It was stated in the provision that the barangay officials concerned will be held liable,” said PDEA-7 director Yogi Filemon Ruiz.
Barely a week after 120 barangays in the province were declared drug-free, Ruiz said there were still nine barangays that had illegal drug users based on random drug tests conducted in their areas.
Ruiz said those barangays are given one month to enforce drug intervention measures or else the officials will be slapped with administrative charges.
He said these measures include house visits to drug suspects, weekly meetings and drug tests.
Senior Supt. Eric Noble, Cebu provincial police chief, admitted that nine barangays in the province are still plagued with illegal drug activities and they have an oversight committee that will address this concern.
“If the barangays fail to meet the one-month deadline, the committee will convene and take back their certificate stat- ing that they were cleared of drugs,” Noble said.
The committee is chaired by Ruiz with Regional Director Rene Burdeos of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) as vice chairman.
The committee also includes officials of the Police Regional Office, Cebu Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Office (CDAPAO) and the regional Department of Health (DOH-7).
Noble called on barangay officials to be vigilant in monitoring and cracking down on illegal drug activities in their respective jurisdictions.
In Barangay Langtad, Naga City, five men and a minor were arrested for possession of illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia at 6:45 a.m. last Tuesday.
The suspects were iden-
COP CHARGED WITH RAPE
A CEBU City-based police officer is charged with rape for allegedly molesting a 13-year-old sister-in-law last week.
Mario (not his real name) has not reported to work since the victim filed a complaint at the Parian police precinct.
Charges were filed at the Cebu City Prosecutors’ Office last Monday.
The names of the victim and suspect were withheld to protect the victim’s privacy.
In her complaint, the victim said she was brought by her elder sister to Cebu City to care for her children.
Last April 8, the victim said the policeman allegedly touched her breast while she slept inside her room. When she turned back from the suspect, she said the policeman stopped.
Two days after, the victim said the policeman touched her privates and molested her while she slept with her sister and two kids inside their room.
The victim said she first informed her elder brother about what happened and he accompanied her along with her two sisters to file a complaint at the Parian police precinct.
Supt. Ryan Devaras, chief of the Cebu City police’s Investigation and Detection Manage- tified as Renato Baclay alias “Lalay Villarin”, Prince Rollo, Ricardo Segismar, Avilino Villarin Jr., John Rey Baclay and a minor. Taken from their possession were five sachets of shabu and paraphernalia.
In San Remigio town, police arrested a man and a woman for possession of illegal drugs at a checkpoint in Barangay Poblacion at 10:15 p.m. last Tuesday.
Taken from the possession of Jomerey Retuya and Jackie Lou Fernan were 13 plastic sachets containing shabu and four pieces of aluminum foil.
Governor Davide said stakeholders should be proactive in the war against illegal drugs./ ment Branch, said they are investigating the policeman who stopped reporting to the police precinct where he was assigned.
“Of course, due process will be given as in other cases. The subject will be given the chance to answer the accusations,” he said.
The policeman was deemed absent without leave (AWOL)./
EX-COP, TWO OTHERS NABBED AT HOME
A POLICE officer who went absent without leave (AWOL) a decade ago was arrested in his home in Sitio Padul, Barangay Duljo Fatima in Cebu City last Tuesday evening.
Roel Miego, who used to hold the rank of Police Officer 3, was arrested by the Mambaling police for possession of illegal drugs.
Miego was with two other men identified as 53-year-old Cosme Jovel and 25-year-old Jake Canico.
A team from the Mambaling police precinct was supposed to schedule a drug bust on Miego only to go straight to his home and arrest him along with Jovel and Canico .
The Mambaling police precinct told CE DA NE that they will file charges against Miego, Jovel and Canico at the Cebu City Prosecutor’s Office./