Talisay City police chief has explanations to do

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

CEBU Provincial Police Office (CPPO) Director Noel Gillamac will call the attention of the Talisay City police after a joint operation led to the arrest of four persons and the confiscation of P600,000 worth of shabu in Barangay Tangke last Thursday.

“They should know what’s happening in their area and address the problem immediately,” Gillamac said last Friday.

He said they are evaluating the performances of police chiefs who will be relieved if they are found to be underperforming.


Saturation drives

“Without accomplishments, it might be misconstrued as tolerating the illegal drug trade in their respective areas,” he said.

Supt. Reycel Carmelo Dayon, when sought for comment yesterday, said they have not slacked off in their fight against illegal drugs.

Since assuming as Talisay City Police Station chief last March, Dayon said they’ve conducted several saturation drives in Tangke that have resulted to the arrest of suspected drug users.

He even relieved his intelligence operatives last month for their “poor performance” in their fight against illegal drugs.

“Wala gyud na nato pasagdi diha (We have not ignored the drug problem),” Dayon told Sun.Star Cebu.

He admitted they’ve had difficulty penetrating some sitios in Tangke, which are home to suspected drug personalities.

“Kay di ka basta makasulod didto. Mahibawan dayon nila kung naa’y bag-ong nawong ug maalerto dayon sila (They’re on alert for new faces),” he said during the interview.

Dayon said they’re also focusing on crimes against persons and properties, such as carnapping.

“Ato naning na-minimize nga mga problema diri (We’ve managed to minimize these),” he said.

In another development, three persons were arrested during a dawn buy-bust in the northern town of Liloan last Friday.

SPO1 Bryan Batiquin of Liloan Police Station identified the suspects as Amid Cuyos, 34; Jeremay Jun Baguio, 31; and Danilo Luna, 41.

Cebu City source

Seized from their possession were three small packs containing white crystalline substance believed to be shabu worth P900 and several drug-sniffing paraphernalia.

A police poseur-buyer bought P300 worth of shabu from Cuyos, who was the subject of the operation.

When Cuyos handed over the item, he was immediately arrested.
The police stormed Cuyos’s house and found Baguio and Luna, who were allegedly having a pot session.

Batiquin, when interviewed by Sun.Star Cebu, said Cuyos used to be tricycle driver before he resorted to selling drugs two months ago.
“He was forced to sell drugs to earn money after his tricycle broke down,” Batiquin, quoting Cuyos.

Cuyos reportedly bought his illegal drugs in Barangay Duljo-Fatima in Cebu City.

“I-repack ra kuno niya diri sa Tayud ang iyang pinalit (He would repack it here in Tayud),” Batiquin said.

The three suspects will face complaints for violating Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 06, 2014.

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