Squatters will no longer be allowed to build their shanties inside the Bacolod City Public Cemetery effective next month, City Legal Office enforcement team head, Ceasar Beloria, said yesterday.
Only cemetery workers and caretakers will be allowed to stay, he said.
Beloria said there are now about seven shanties at the cemetery that were supposed to be demolished on Tuesday but their occupants appealed for an extension of their stay at the cemetery, saying they do not have a place to transfer to yet.
However, Beloria sited that when they visited the cemetery on Tuesday, they found out that some of the mausoleums were also being used as drug dens.
Several empty plastic sachets, tooters, aluminum foils and other illegal drug paraphernalia were found by the CLO enforcement team members scattered at the mausoleums, he added.
City Police Director Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz said he will verify the report of the CLO enforcement team and will direct City Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group and Station 4 policemen to search the place.
De la Paz said he was not informed by the former commander of Police Station 4, Chief Insp. Adonis Rosales, that illegal drug users were using the mausoleums for their pot sessions.
The cemetery should be secured so no outsiders and illegal drug users can enter its premises, he added.*APN