WCPD urges par­ents to keep chil­dren away from drug-us­ing rel­a­tives

Watchmen Daily Journal - - Top Stories - By Do­minique Gabriel G. Bañaga

In light of the re­cent case where a six-year-old boy was stabbed to death by a “drug-crazed” un­cle in Barangay Sing­cangAir­port, the Ba­colod City Po­lice Of­fice Women and Chil­dren’s Pro­tec­tion Desk (WCPD) urged par­ents to keep their chil­dren away from rel­a­tives they sus­pect are us­ing il­le­gal drugs.

In a ra­dio in­ter­view yes­ter­day, WCPD head, Po­lice In­spec­tor Ar­lyn Tor­ren­don, said the re­cent in­ci­dent is an ex­am­ple of “the hor­rific ef­fects of il­le­gal drugs.”

She ad­vised par­ents not to wait for the sit­u­a­tion to fur­ther worsen and pre­vent their chil­dren from get­ting near them.

Tor­ren­don also said par­ents should also seek help from po­lice if they sus­pect a rel­a­tive is us­ing il­le­gal drugs.

Mean­while, WCPD is await­ing the death cer­tifi­cate of the vic­tim, iden­ti­fied as Nonoy An­to­nio, a res­i­dent of Purok Si­gay in the said Ba­colod City barangay.

Tor­ren­don said the sus­pect, Ar­nel An­to­nio, faces mur­der charges in re­la­tion to RA 7610, or the Spe­cial Pro­tec­tion of Chil­dren Against Abuse, Ex­ploita­tion, and Dis­crim­i­na­tion Act.

The vic­tim’s fa­ther, mean­while re­it­er­ated in­ten­tions to pur­sue a crim­i­nal case against the sus­pect, whom he called “a de­mon.”

Last Satur­day, the younger An­to­nio was stabbed by the sus­pect, who claimed he heard “voices” while they were sleep­ing.

Cops re­cov­ered the buckle knife al­legedly used in the at­tack.

Po­lice be­lieve the as­sailant was un­der the in­flu­ence of il­le­gal drugs dur­ing the in­ci­dent and im­me­di­ately con­ducted an op­er­a­tion, which re­sulted in the ar­rest of al­leged drug sup­plier, Car­l­ito De­ri­ada.

Both sus­pects are de­tained at Po­lice Sta­tion 8./

Mem­bers of the Ro­tary Club of Taka­hama from Nagoya, Ja­pan re­cently met with their coun­ter­parts from the Ro­tary Club of Ba­colod Cen­tral.

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