PDEA seeks teachers' help
in fight versus illegal drugs
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Western Visayas has mounted a new offensive against illegal drugs amidst concerns that drug use in the region's student population continues to grow almost unabated by seeking the support of school teachers in both public and private schools.
PDEA Region 6 Director Yogi Filemon Ruiz made the clarion call following reports that the use of illegal drugs by students continues to grow despite the relentless raids made by the Philippine National Police, National Bureau of Investigation and the PDEA on drug dens.
Ruiz said that as teachers spend a great deal of time with students, they have a vantage view of what is going on in the school premises, and thus could easily pinpoint students exhibiting aberrant behavior.
Ruiz also contends that teachers can handily spot a co-teacher involved in the spread of drugs.
He said teachers in both public and private schools in Western Visayas can be part of the agency's monitoring team by reporting students hooked on shabu or marijuana and even mentors suspected of drug pushing.
It is incumbent on all law-abiding citizens who love their children to help fight the menace of drugs, Ruiz said.*PNA
6 ‘shabu’ sachets
seized in raid
Six sachets of suspected shabu valued at P6,000, and drug paraphernalia were seized in a raid on a residence in Binalbagan town, Negros Occidental, at about 5:10 p.m. Friday.
Armed with a search warrant issued by Binalbagan Municipal Trial Court Judge Rolando Balgos, the Binalbagan police, led by Senior Insp. Albert Sy, swooped down on the house of Cesar Penalba, alias “Rekong”, 31, of Purok Talisay in Brgy Marina.
Sy said the raid was conducted on information from concerned citizens that Penalba was into illegal drugs trade.
Aside from the sachets of suspected shabu, policemen also recovered eight disposable lighters, a tooter with residue of the banned substance, four cellular phones, a camera, a pair of scissors, three men’s wrist watches, and P650 in cash from the house of Penalba, police records show.
The raid was witnessed by Brgy. Marina Captain Helen Siaotong and kagawad Johnny Muleta. The confiscated items will be subjected to laboratory examination at the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office crime laboratory, Sy said.
Penalba, who is facing charges for possession of illegal drugs and paraphernalia, is now detained at the lockup cell of the Binalbagan town police, he said.*APN
Man arrested for
A man allegedly involved in the illegal operation of Small Town Lottery was apprehended at the Bacolod City South Terminal at about 5 p.m. Saturday, by members of the Police Special Operations Task Group.
SOG head, Supt. Santiago Rapiz identified the one arrested as Gilbert Cordero, 34, of Purok Fatima, Brgy. 31, Bacolod.
Rapiz said they seized bundles of collection report forms, a ballpen, a carbon paper, and P80 in cash believed to be proceeds from the illegal STL operation from Cordero.
Rapiz said STL betting in Bacolod City is illegal because the city government did not issue permits to anybody for its operations. He said that, based on their intelligence report, some jai alai operators in Bacolod are also operating STL.
While the Internet shops in Bacolod have already stopped printing jai alai and STL tipsters, Rapiz said, there are printing presses in the city that continue to print them.
He said that the printing of tipsters is being done secretly and the police need to apply for a search warrant to conduct a raid on these printing presses.
Meanwhile, the Bacolod City Police maintained its lead in Western Visayas with the most number of apprehended personalities involved in illegal gambling in the first five months of the year, records from the Police Regional Office-6 showed.*APN
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