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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, April 12, 2012
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‘Prominent persons in drug trade’

Intelligence Officer 3 Cerilo Baluma Jr., Chief of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-6 Plans and Operations, confirmed yesterday that there are indeed prominent personalities in Bacolod City and in Negros Occidental who are involved in the illegal drug trade.

Baluma told the DAILY STAR that their intelligence monitoring showed that, aside from prominent persons, there are also law enforcers who are involved in the illegal drugs trade in Bacolod and in Negros.

City Police Director Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz on Tuesday said several prominent personalities are being investigated after their names and contact details were found in a “bluebook” recovered by the police from the residence of a couple during an anti-illegal drug raid in Brgy. 2, Sunday.

De la Paz, however, refused to confirm whether there were names of law enforcers on the “bluebook” recovered from the residence of Genelyn Jimena and her live-in partner, a certain “Nonoy Amantillo”.

He said that they are conducting background checks on the personalities whose names appear in the “bluebook” so they will know what their involvement in illegal drug trade is.

Jimena and Amantillo eluded arrest during the anti-illegal drug trade Sunday but charges for illegal drug sale and possession of illegal drugs and paraphernalia have already been filed against them before the Bacolod City Prosecutor’s Office.

Baluma also said the PDEA has intensified its monitoring against the entry of illegal drugs at the Panaad sa Negros Festival and, so far, no groups have been monitored to bring huge volumes of illegal drugs to the province while the festivity is ongoing.

He said there are at least 10 PDEA personnel ensuring that no illegal drugs will be able to enter the province during Panaad.*APN

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