Misamis Ori­en­tal em­ployee nabbed on drug charges

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - FRONT PAGE - By Al­wen Salir­ing

An em­ployee of the Misamis Ori­en­tal provin­cial govern­ment was ar­rested at noon yes­ter­day, October 10, on il­le­gal drug-re­lated charges af­ter the woman he was with in­side a mo­tel room turned out to be a po­lice con­fi­den­tial in­for­mant.

Po­lice iden­ti­fied the drug sus­pect as 47 years old Vergil Lago, a res­i­dent of Xavier Heights, Up­per Balu­lang and a weather mon­i­tor­ing of­fi­cer of the Provin­cial Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion and Man­age­ment Of­fice (PDRRMO) at the provin­cial capi­tol.

Lago was ar­rested in a mo­tel in Barangay 32, Ca­gayan de Oro City and was al­legedly caught in the act of us­ing il­le­gal drugs.

eized from the room oc­cu­pied by the sus­pect were a sa­chet con­tain­ing sus­pected metham­phetamine hy­drochlo­ride, lo­cally known as shabu, an­other un­sealed sa­chet with traces of sus­pected shabu, and as­sorted drug para­pher­na­lia.

Se­nior Po­lice Of­fi­cer 3 (SPO3) Jig­ger Rojo, an in­ves­ti­ga­tor of the City Drug En­force­ment UnitCa­gayan de Oro City Po­lice Of­fice (CDEU-Cocpco), said they have been mon­i­tor­ing the sus­pect for a month now.

Rojo said the fe­male po­lice in­for­mant who was with the sus­pect tipped off the po­lice of the sup­posed pot ses­sion.

Rojo said the sus­pect ini­tially de­nied the

al­le­ga­tion say­ing the items be­long to the CI.

“Uban sila sa atong CI ug iyang gi-deny kay iya kuno to sa babaye pero with­out his knowl­edge ato man tong CI nga maoy nag-con­firm sa iyang gi­himo ug maoy nag­pa­su­lod sa ato busa nas­apon nato siya nga gagamit,”Rojo said.

Rojo said the sus­pect was said to be a drug de­pen­dent and the re­ports that the sus­pect is also ped­dling il­le­gal drugs are sub­ject for val­i­da­tion.

Case in­ves­ti­ga­tor said the sus­pect will be charged with pos­ses­sion and use of il­le­gal drugs. He will also be made to un­dergo tests for drug use.

“Ato siyang i-un­dergo sa drug test kung pos­i­tive pasakaan siyag pagamit sa gi­nadil­ing droga,”Rojo said.

How­ever, Rojo said the sus­pect can still post bail amount­ing to around P200,000.

Mean­while, Gov­er­nor Yevgeny Emano said he was sad­dened by Lago’s ar­rest but said “the law shall pre­vail.”

“I will not tol­er­ate such ir­re­spon­si­ble and un­wel­come act of any of the em­ploy­ees in the capi­tol. Like what I have been telling them and the gen­eral pub­lic `I am against the use and sell of il­le­gal drugs. I strongly rec­om­mend the ar­rest of th­ese peo­ple in­volved in such a men­ace of our so­ci­ety,”Emano said.

Emano, how­ever, said the PDRRMO’s weather fore­caster is in­no­cent un­til proven guilty and de­serves re­spect and un­der­stand­ing.

“It has been my pride to sup­port Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte’s cam­paign against the pro­lif­er­a­tion of il­le­gal drugs, but each and ev­ery sus­pect like Lago de­serves his right to de­fend him­self in court. Let jus­tice bring him in or out of this mess. But the law must pre­vail,”Emano added. Lago has re­fused to com­ment on his ar­rest. “Didto na lang sa ko­rte nako iin­gon ang real story,”Lago said.

Lago was a for­mer weather mon­i­tor­ing chief of City Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion Man­age­ment Depart­ment (CDRRMD) at City Hall be­fore his res­ig­na­tion and even­tual trans­fer to Capi­tol’s PDRRMO March of this year.

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