Ar­rested Capi­tol em­ployee 'pos­i­tive' for drug use

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Top Stories - By Al­wen Salir­ing

The weather fore­caster of the Pro­vin­cial Disas­ter Risk Re­duc­tion and Man­age­ment Of­fice (PDRRMO) of Misamis Ori­en­tal ar­rested on drug charges has tested pos­i­tive for drug use, po­lice said on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 11.

The sus­pect, Vergil Lago, un­der­went in­quest pro­ceed­ings yes­ter­day after the City Drug En­force­ment Unit-Ca­gayan de Oro City Po­lice Of­fice (CDEU-Cocpo) charged him with il­le­gal drug use and pos­ses­sion of il­le­gal drugs and drug para­pher­na­lia.

Se­nior Po­lice Of­fi­cer 3 (SPO3) Jig­ger Rojo, in­ves­ti­ga­tor of the CDEU-Cocpo, said sus­pect will be detained tem­po­rar­ily at the Ma­har­lika de­ten­tion fa­cil­ity while wait­ing for the court's com­mit­ment or­der. Po­lice said the sus­pect can post bail. But Misamis Ori­en­tal Gover­nor Yevgeny ‘Bambi' Emano said Lago will be put in pre­ven­tive sus­pen­sion pend­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

"Depende pa dayon ang du­ra­tion sa pre­ven­tive sus­pen­sion, "Emano said.

The gover­nor, who de­scribes him­self as a staunch sup­porter of the anti-il­le­gal drugs cam­paign of the gov­ern­ment, re­it­er­ated his sup­port for law en­force­ment agen­cies drive to ar­rest sus­pected drug per­son­al­i­ties in gov­ern­ment.

Lago was the former weather mon­i­tor­ing chief of the City Disas­ter Risk Re­duc­tion and Man­age­ment Depart­ment (CDRRMD) be­fore he re­signed and was hired by the Capi­tol seven months ago.

Emano said the ar­rest of Lago should serve as a stern warn­ing to all Capi­tol work­ers as he adds that reg­u­lar, unan­nounced, and ran­dom drug test­ing will be con­tin­ued.

“Dili pa kaya sa bud­get ang com­pul­sory drug test­ing pero dou­ble na ang num­bers sa ran­dom drug test from the pre­vi­ous, ”Emano said.

Board mem­ber Ger­ardo Sa­bal said the pro­vin­cial board will pri­or­i­tize and ear­mark more funds for the anti-il­le­gal drug pro­grams.

Sa­bal, vice-chair­man of the po­lice com­mit­tee, said the body fully sup­ports the an­tiil­le­gal drug pro­grams of the gover­nor.

“100 per­cent ang among sup­port sa mga plano sa ex­ec­u­tive. Dili an­gayan nga hugot ang kam­pa­nya sa pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment ba­tok il­le­gal nga droga unya naay madak­pan nga em­p­leyado, ”Sa­bal said.

“Tim­ing kay bud­get de­lib­er­a­tion next month we will con­sider it ug tagaan og pray­ori­dad ang anti-il­le­gal drug pro­grams,”Sa­bal added.

Sa­bal ex­plained that if and when Lago is found guilty of drug charges, it would be a ba­sis to whether the sus­pect will be booted out from the capi­tol.

Sa­bal said the capi­tol’s weather fore­caster will still be ac­corded due process based on the civil ser­vice rules.

“Kung un­say na­p­atik sa civil ser­vice rules ato nang sub­ayon. If and when he is found guilty, naa nata ba­sis ni­ana if an­gay siya iter­mi­nate o dili,”Sa­bal said.

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