The pills recovered from an architectural firm contractor during a buy-bust operation at the Palmas del Mar Village and Beach Club in Bacolod City Saturday are indeed Methylenedioxymethamphetamine, or ecstasy, based on the test results released by the Crime Laboratory of Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office.
City Police Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Group team leader Senior Insp. Joemarie Occeña said Insp. Paul Jerome Fuentespina conducted the laboratory test and the result was certified by the NOPPO crime lab chief, Supt. Lazaro Sumagi.
With the release of the crime laboratory results, Occeña said they have a strong case against Angelo Jimenez Bongco, 40, of Henrietta Heights, Bacolod City.
The result of the laboratory test on the seized ecstasy, the affidavit of arrest and the inventory record of the confiscated items are the evidences to be presented in court to strengthen the case against Bongco, City Police Director Senior Supt. Ricardo De la Paz said.
BCPO is also closely coordinating with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency because of reports that two scions of wealthy families in Bacolod are also into the illegal sale of ecstasy, De la Paz added.
He said Bongco is now cooperating with the police and has been releasing some vital information.
The brother of Bongco and their friend, who is a lawyer from Manila, went to the BCPO yesterday to inquire about his arrest.
On Saturday, policemen seized 716 high-grade suspected ecstasy pills valued at P1,075,000 during the arrest of Bongco, in a buy-bust operation at the Palmas del Mar Village and Beach Club in Brgy. Singcang-Airport in the city at about 7 p.m.*APN