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Multiple raps filed
vs. DepEd official
BY ADRIAN NEMES III

Multiple charges for illegal drug use and violation of Republic Act 7610 or child abuse were filed before the Bacolod City Prosecutor’s Office yesterday against an official of Department of Education nabbed in an alleged drug den in Brgy. Banago, last week.

City Police Director Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz said the charges were filed against Joshua Santillana, 55, of Fortune Towne Subdivision in Brgy. Villamonte and the DepEd District Supervisor assigned in Cadiz City, Negros Occidental.

Among the evidences presented against Santillana were the drug test results, showing him positive for shabu use, and the affidavits of the father of one of the two male teenagers, whom he allegedly brought to the drug den and induced to use illegal drugs before sexually assaulting them, De la Paz said.

So far, no other complainants have surfaced against Santillana.

But in case there are any, BCPO will get complaint affidavits from them so they can file additional charges, De la Paz also said.

He added that they are set to submit the drug test result conducted on Santillana by Police Regional Office-6 Crime Laboratory forensic chemist Insp. Hernand Donado and Santillana’s case folder to the Department of Education Regional Office-6.

DepEd Region 6 Director Mildred Garay said will use the official results of the drug test on Santillana for the administrative charges they will file against him.

Aside from Santillana, BCPO also filed illegal drug use charges against Rey Torrico, 27, of Cadiz City; Hans Cortez, 30, of Silay City; Osmar Dela Fuente, 28; and Rommel Navarra of Purok Nami-Nami in Brgy. Banago before the CPO after they also tested positive for shabu use.

Santillana, Cortez, Dela Fuente, Torrico and Mark Himongala, 25, of Silay City, who is set to be released from detention as he tested negative for illegal drug use, were arrested at the house of Navarra, where the two teenagers, whom Santillana allegedly brought there to use illegal drugs, were rescued.*APN

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