Not true, BCPO team says
to claim of suspect’s wife
“It’s not true.”
This was the reaction of Bacolod City Police Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group head, Supt. Santiago Rapiz, yesterday to the claim of the wife of an alleged illegal drug pusher that his men took P30,000 worth of jewelry and P3,600 in cash during a buy-bust operation at their house in Brgy. Bata, Tuesday.
Rapiz said there were barangay officials present when they conducted the operation against Bobby Alvarez, “alias Maw”, 47, of Purok Bayabasan, Brgy. Bata, and they can prove that there is no truth to the allegations of his wife.
Alvarez’s wife, Christine, said in a television interview, that her husband is not a drug pusher and there was no buy-bust operation since he had left to buy medicine for their son before the policemen came.
She said they sell department store gift certificates for a living.
Rapiz said they had acted on the complaints of several concerned citizens, who tipped them that Alvarez is supplying illegal drugs to tricycle, trisikad and jeepney drivers in their area.
He added they did not take all the money, and, in fact, left P9,360 in cash to Christine after the raid, because her son was sick.
Police reports indicated that Alvarez gave a small sachet of suspected shabu to a police poseur buyer in exchange for P200. However, Alvarez’s wife saw the policemen approaching and warned her husband, who fled to his house and exited through a secret door.
Rapiz also said that operators of public utility vehicles should compel their drivers to undergo drug tests.
He said the lives of passengers are at risk if the drivers of vehicles they are riding are illegal drug users.*APN
Cop’s link to slay of
The La Castellana police is investigating the possible involvement of a law enforcer in the fatal shooting of a forest ranger at the administrative compound of the Mt. Kanlaon National Park.
Town police chief, Senior Insp. Gary Alan Resuma, said yesterday that, days before the killing of Mat Sarcino of Brgy. Biak na Bato, La Castellana, his group flagged down the vehicle of the policeman and seized several sacks of charcoal.
Resuma added that the policeman allegedly threatened Sarcino and his group that he will retaliate. The problem, however, is that there are no witnesses to link the policeman to the killing, Resuma said.
Aside from the policeman, they are also looking for other suspects in the death of Sarcino.
Sarcino was gunned down by two motorcycle-riding men while he was preparing food with his colleagues in a makeshift kitchen at the MKNP administration compound at about 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 31.
He was rushed to the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital in Bacolod City where he succumbed to a bullet wound on his forehead three days later.
The police and MKNP Superintendent Cecil Cañada had theorized that the killing of Sarcino was job-related.*APN