City cops undergo
surprise drug test
At least 300 policemen of the Bacolod City Police Office underwent a surprised drug testing yesterday.
BCPO officer-in-charge, Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz, said that he had called for a briefing on crisis management and asked the chiefs of police, the BCPO staff, and other policemen to attend.
However, instead of the crisis management briefing, the policemen were asked for urine samples for drug testing, De la Paz said.
He said the results will be released in two days, and those proven positive will be automatically dismissed from the service.
“The surprise drug test is a pro-active measure we are undertaking to cleanse our ranks from illegal drug users. Being law enforcers, we should act as role models,” De la Paz said.
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency had disclosed that there are policemen from the BCPO and the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office who are drug users and peddlers.
De la Paz said that, based on their new monitoring, none of the personnel from BCPO are into the illegal drug trade or are illegal drug users.*APN
A total of 380 tricycles and trisikads have been impounded by the Bacolod City Traffic Authority Office at the city police headquarters since Monday.
BCPO Traffic Management Unit head, Chief Insp. Levy Pangue, said yesterday that tricycles and trisikads were apprehended in different areas of the city as their operators had no permits, and for operating out of route.
The BTAO and the TMU recently intensified their campaign against public utility vehicles plying the city’s main thoroughfares without permits, as the city has incurred millions in losses due to the failure of the operators to secure permits, Pangue said.
Aside from tricycles and trisikads, more than 300 jeepneys and mini-buses have also been impounded by BTAO and TMU as their operators also failed to secure permits, Pangue also said.
He stressed that operators of public utility vehicles could still secure permits, as they have extended the deadline of processing up to the second week of next month.
TMU and BTAO personnel also confiscated 207 driver’s licenses of those caught driving motorcycles without crash helmets.
Meanwhile, Pangue said there is no let-up in the campaign against barkers in Bacolod City as ordered by city police officer-in-charge, Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz.
On Tuesday, 38 barkers, or those calling passengers to board public utility vehicles were arrested, however, some of them were not charged as they were first-time offenders.*APN
A suspected drug pusher was apprehended by members of the Bacolod City Police Office Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Group in a buy-bust operation yesterday in Brgy. Singcang-Airport, Bacolod City.
The suspect Ernesto Candilario, “alias Toto”, 33, of Purok Mainabyanon, Brgy. Singcang-Airport, was presented to the media by city police officer-in-charge, Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz.
Team leader Senior Insp. Joemarie Occeño of the CAIDSTOG said they conducted a test-buy operation at the residence of Candilario, several days before he was apprehended, on complaints that he is into illegal drug trade.
Armed with a search warrant issued by Regional Trial Court Judge Ray Alan Drilon, CAIDSTOG members swooped down on the residence of Candilario at about 1:50 p.m.
Two bricks of suspected dried marijuana leaves and fruiting tops, 138 sticks of suspected marijuana cigarets, two stabs of rolling papers, undetermined quantity of suspected marijuana stems, and several empty plastic sachets were recovered from Candilario’s residence during the raid, police records showed.
Also recovered were three pairs of scissors, four improvised tooters, three improvised plastic straws, an improvised bamboo clip, six disposable lighters, a cellular phone, and an Airsoft rifle, police records also showed.
Candilario told the police that the items he was selling came from a certain Nonoy. He added that some of them were taken from Iloilo, Hinigaran town, Negros Occidental, and Brgy. 23.
Charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, will be filed against Candilario, who is now detained at the BCPO headquarters.*APN