LEGAZPI CITY, July 11 (PNA) -- The head of the Criminal and Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in the Bicol region warned drug pushers and users, who have surrendered to lawmen, to refrain from returning to their illegal activities or they will face the “teeth of the law.”
Police Senior Supt. Marlon Tejada, CIDG- Bicol chief, aired this warning after discovering that some surrenderees present themselves to police and local officials in the morning but return to the illegal drug trade in the evening.
He cited the case of Rommel Rafal of Zone 3, Barangay Balatas, Naga City in Camarines Sur who submitted himself to city mayor John Bongat on Friday morning but was arrested by CIDG lawmen in a buy-bust operation in his village that same evening.
The lawmen arrested two other two suspects, Romnick.Regia and Jonneles Silvestre, from the same village, along with Rafal.
Tejada asked the support of barangay officials and residents in monitoring their constituents involved in illegal drug activities.
“Even those who have surrendered are still subject to close monitoring and surveillance by the local police,” he said.
Tejada added that some of the surrenderees have “questionable sincerity.”
He noted the alarming drug problem in the region which could escalate into “narco-politics” within a span of six years if not stopped, citing the big number of “drug personalities “among the surrenderees as proof.
Prior to his inauguration, President Rodrigo Duterte spoke at a flag-raising ceremony in Davao City on June 27, alleging that many local executives are connected to drug rings. He said some poll bets did not join political parties because they already have campaign funds supposedly given by crime syndicates.
Tejada said that since their buy-bust operation in Purok Isla Sison,Barangay Peñafrancia and Purok 3,Barangay Balatas, both in Naga City, that resulted in the arrest of 17 drug personalities, similar operationss will be launched in other areas suspected as lair of illegal drug activities in Bicol provinces under “Oplan Double Barrel.”
This means law enforcers will target both high value targets—the “big personalities”—and the “street-level personalities. (PNA) BNB/GVR/JH/CBD