Sinas added that the problem in illegal drugs becomes more challenging as it is coupled by cops who are also into the illegal drug business, either as protectors or players themselves.
PRO-7 admits drug problem “can’t be solved overnight”
Mae Clydyl L. Avila (The Freeman) - September 13, 2018 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines — The Police Regional Office (PRO)-7 has admitted that the current drug problem can’t be solved overnight, but it is set to intensify efforts to at least “dent” the business of illegal drugs in the country.

“It is a challenge, but we have arrested more high-value targets,” PRO-7 Chief Debold Sinas said.

The statement stemmed from the latest pronouncement of President Rodrigo Duterte during his one-on–one interview with President Chief Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo Tuesday afternoon.

During the interview that ran for almost two hours, Duterte admitted the drug situation was not as easy as he expected.

Sinas echoed the sentiment.

Sinas added that the problem in illegal drugs becomes more challenging as it is coupled by cops who are also into the illegal drug business, either as protectors or players themselves.

“Naa pa gihapon, sa kadaghan dakpon naa pa gihapon supply, and we are tracing the supply, coupled pa nga involved ang police.  So lisod kaayo, pero hinay-hinay lang guro…the problem I think is dili ma-solve overnight, (or in) one month,” Sinas said.

He emphasized that there must be coordination with several government agencies such as the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), Coastguard, Bureau of Customs, among others.

In fact yesterday morning, the Interagency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs has been formed to discuss matters on intensifying efforts in the administration’s crackdown against drugs.

“If kami pangutan-on sa Region 7, challenge kay sa amo, pero naa innovations on how to address the problem.  Hopefully, we will be better and dent the drug problem,” he said.

In a related matter, three separate drug operations yielded more than P1.5 million worth of illegal drugs in the cities of Talisay and Cebu.

The bulk of the drugs were confiscated at Sitio Puntod, Barangay Mambaling, Cebu City, about 6:32 p.m., by the anti-illegal drug operatives of Mambaling police station.

The operation resulted to the arrest of Divine Añedez Mijares, 25.

Police Chief Inspector Randy Caballes said that the amount of drugs confiscated reached to 90 grams valued at P1,000,062 that qualifies her to be a high-value target.

On the same day at about 9 p.m., operatives from the Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) Intelligence Branch also seized 28 grams of suspected shabu worth P322,000 from suspect Rowena Cabalda, 43, of Sitio Rattan, Barangay Tangke.

Police Senior Superintendent Manuel Abrugena said the suspect’s name surfaced following a recent arrest in Cordova, Cebu, where her name was mentioned by one of the arrested suspects.

Cabaldo, in an interview, admitted she sold and used drugs.

However, it was only because she needed the money to send her children to school.

“Bag-ohay lang gyud ko niduwa ani, wala gani ko kahibaw ngano daghan kay sila nakuha P5,000 ra man to ako gigasto niya gipatuyok-tuyok nako,” she said.

Last Wednesday morning, operatives from the City Intelligence Branch recovered P177,000 worth of shabu  from Greggy Cabrera, 34, a resident of Sitio Abellana, Barangay Luz Cebu City.

The arrested suspects are temporarily detained in respective police stations, pending the filing of charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act of 2002. (FREEMAN)

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