Nabbed user says shabu re­lieves his asthma

“Hubakon man gud ko, kung dili ko ka­suyop, maluya ko dili ko kakarga. Maayo usab akong ubo.”

The Freeman - - NEWS - — Iris Mar­i­ani B. Al­gabre, Ap­ple Grace C. Danuco, and Er­mida Q. Mo­radas/JBB

This was the rea­son given by Ri­cardo “Bon­jong” Reyes Jr. on why he’s a drug ad­dict.

Reyes, a porter at the Tabunok Pub­lic Mar­ket in Tal­isay City, was ar­rested by po­lice con­duct­ing a surveillance op­er­a­tion in­side the Barangay Pobla­cion Pub­lic Ceme­tery early morn­ing yes­ter­day.

Po­lice Of­fi­cer 3 Junyl Ater of Tal­isay City Po­lice Sta­tion said that they spot­ted Reyes slowly try­ing to dis­tance him­self from them. Op­er­a­tives ap­proached him and did a body search.

Reyes at­tempted to throw the packs of shabu he was car­ry­ing be­hind his back but po­lice caught him in the act and he was hand­cuffed.

Six small packs of sus­pected shabu worth P1,800 were re­cov­ered from his pos­ses­sion.

In an in­ter­view, Reyes ad­mit­ted he has been sniff­ing il­le­gal drugs for quite some time. He ex­plained that shabu served as his vi­ta­mins and helps him lift heavy loads de­spite his asthma.

JUST AN EX­CUSE

De­part­ment of Health – 7 Medical Of­fi­cer Dr. Dino Caing be­lieves that Reyes was only mak­ing an ex­cuse for us­ing il­le­gal drugs, say­ing this is the first time he’s ever heard asthma used as an ex­cuse for a drug habit.

Caing said that shabu has no ther­a­peu­tic ef­fects but, to the con­trary, is a psy­chotic drug that brings no good ben­e­fits for the body.

“Shabu is not a medicine, it is ad­dict­ing. It’s the mind play­ing games in your­self. May­roong dis­tor­tion sa thought or per­cep­tion niya kaya feel niya lumalakas siya. That’s caused by the drugs. Yung iba feel­ing nila healthy sila, it will also keep them awake, very strong and oth­ers also ex­pe­ri­ence ex­treme hap­pi­ness,” Caing ex­plained.

Caing said us­ing il­le­gal drugs will not cure asthma but will worsen it in­stead.

“Yang shabu we in­hale that so ta­la­gang mas makakasama sa kanya. It will only worsen yung asthma niya kasi ma­pa­pagod yung pul­monary niya,” he said.

Doc­tor Caing han­dles the drug sur­ren­derees and con­ducts in­ter­ven­tion and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­grams for the DOH-7.

OTHER AR­RESTS

In Cebu City, eleven al­leged drug per­son­al­i­ties were ar­rested dur­ing foot pa­trol con­ducted by San Ni­co­las po­lice who also con­fis­cated P300,000 worth of sus­pected shabu in two sep­a­rate op­er­a­tions in Barangay Calamba and Barangay Pasil, Cebu City on Thurs­day evening and Fri­day morn­ing.

Ar­rested in A. Lopez Street, Barangay Calamba were Khenny Wowie Os­meña, 39; Ringo Reyes, 44; Elmer Pilo­ton, 38; Geimar Oliv­e­rio, 38; Ray Gon­za­les, 32; Riczen Balame, 29; and Kie Tay­ona, 21.

Po­lice Chief In­spec­tor Keith An­daya, chief of San Ni­co­las Po­lice Sta­tion, iden­ti­fied Os­meña and Reyes as high-value tar­gets. They have con­ducted op­er­a­tions for their ar­rest in the past, but the two have al­ways man­aged to elude ar­rest.

Po­lice op­er­a­tives seized from the sus­pects more than 20 grams of sus­pected shabu val­ued at P243,080 as well as a .38 cal­iber pis­tol.

In Si­tio Lawis, Barangay Pasil on Fri­day morn­ing, a se­nior cit­i­zen al­legedly sell­ing shabu was nabbed to­gether with her son and two cus­tomers.

Evan­ge­line Oyao, 64, said she had stopped sell­ing shabu be­fore and just went back to sell­ing last week.

“Di gyud unta ko mahibaw-an. Naa lang gyuy tray­dor nga silin­gan. Porsyento ra gyud ko. Pait man gyud kaayo kay ang mga minyo ari man nako tanan asta akong mga apo,” said Evan­ge­line.

Also ar­rested was Evan­ge­line’s son, Jhon Lys­ter Oyao, 22, as well as two of their cus­tomers, Glenn Ay­ing, 42 and Jus­car Laraño, 31.

The op­er­a­tives con­fis­cated a to­tal of 90 small sa­chets and one medium pack of sus­pected shabu worth P99,928.

Ac­cord­ing to Evan­ge­line, she gets her sup­ply of il­le­gal drugs from Barangay Er­mita.

San Ni­co­las po­lice sta­tion con­ducted the op­er­a­tions in line with Cebu City Po­lice Of­fice’s Oplan Pokemon pro­gram.

In Minglanilla, the town’s third most wanted crim­i­nal was ar­rested in Si­tio Proper, Barangay Pakigne on Thurs­day evening.

Po­lice served a war­rant of ar­rest on Lester “Bosy­ong” Cañedo, 24, a res­i­dent of Si­tio Com­mon, Barangay Cuanos, Minglanilla.

Cañedo has been wanted by po­lice in con­nec­tion with the death of Ar­nulfo Lar­iosa back in May 2017. Cañedo has also been linked to the il­le­gal drug trade.

Ac­cord­ing to SPO4 Edgar Belisco, Cañedo shot Lar­iosa sev­eral times af­ter the lat­ter failed to re­mit the pro­ceeds of their il­le­gal drug trade.

Lar­iosa did not re­cover from his wounds and died at the hos­pi­tal a month later. Be­fore his death, he was able to tell po­lice that it was Cañedo who shot him.

A cer­tain Ra­mon “Bo­tyok” Sanchez was also named as Cañedo’s ac­com­plice in the am­bush.

Re­ports re­veal that Sanchez is not in Cebu.

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