Cops sus­pect Sa­balones’ group might re­group

The Freeman - - NEWS - — Mae Cly­dyl L. Avila/JMO

Po­lice are keep­ing an eye on the pos­si­bil­ity that the group of self-con­fessed drug lord Franz Sa­balones might re­group in an at­tempt to fund the cam­paign of politi­cians run­ning in the May polls.

“Ac­cord­ingly, there is a re­port nga nag-resur­gence ilang grupo, at least elec­tion time, and it has been proven na pre­vi­ously gyud that Sa­balones helped fund the can­di­dates in south­ern Cebu that’s why we are prevent­ing that,” said Po­lice Re­gional Of­fice - 7 Direc­tor De­bold Si­nas.

He said re­ports have sur­faced be­fore that the Sa­balones drug group backed the cam­paign ma­chiner­ies of politi­cians in San Fer­nando town.

Si­nas, how­ever, chose not to dis­close the names of the politi­cians re­port­edly in Sa­balones’ pay­roll.

Si­nas said the lat­est move to re­lieve po­lice forces in Daan­ban­tayan and San Fer­nando last Sat­ur­day was a pre­ven­tive mea­sure to avoid cor­rup­tion as they may be more tempted to re­ceive pay­ola from drug per­son­al­i­ties.

He clar­i­fied, though, that no re­port of cops re­ceiv­ing bribe money from drug groups has sur­faced just yet.

Those re­lieved from their posts were sacked com­pla­cency in their op­er­a­tions.

“This will also serve as a warn­ing sa among chief of po­lice for ev­ery­body to de­liver, and we know na sa imong lu­gar, daghan ka tar­gets. Naa ka mga high-value tar­gets. Tapos wala ka ac­tion, com­pla­cent ka then we will do what we think is right,” Si­nas said.

An­other fac­tor that made the po­lice sus­pect a resur­gence of Sa­balones’ group are the deaths of two al­leged drug per­son­al­i­ties linked to Sa­balones.

Tocillo Ababon who was be­ing trans­ported to court was shot in a po­lice car am­bush in Ar­gao last Jan­uary 9. The fol­low­ing day, San Fer­nando coun­cilor Reneboy Daca­los was shot by at least four mo­tor­cy­cle-rid­ing as­sailants in­side his brother-in-laws sari-sari store.

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