Police chief: Zambo’s drug menace alarming PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 11:33

By ALLEN ABASTILLAS

Zamboanga City Police Office Officer-in-Charge Supt. Luisito Magnaye said the city’s drug menace is alarming, particularly in neighborhoods where there are frequent shooting incidents and other forms of killing.

Magnaye said his men are focusing to combat the drug problems in the different coastal  barangays  in the city from Recodo, Ayala, Sinunuc, Baliwasan Seaside, Rio  Hondo, Sta. Catalina, Talon- Talon, Mampang, Arena Blanco and also within the seven kilometer radius of the city.

“ Kailangan po talaga naming ang tulong ng mga mamayan para sugpuin ang drug problem. Their information thru texting and network is very vital to solve the problem,” Magnaye said.

A retired police Major who started his career in the defunct Philippine Constabulary and Presidential Anti- Crime  Organized Task Force, talking on condition of anonymity, said that shabu is a very dangerous drug. The effects of this drug is very harmful to users especially to their mental conditions.

“I remember in the early 90s,  a male shabu user stabbed his sister 70 times because she did not give him money. The incident happened at Villa Sta. Maria. I am worried that after five years there are a lot of zombies in the region because of the drug problem,” the retired officer said.

He called on  the government and the people to fight the drug problem and arrest more pushers and drug traffickers.

Recodo is acknowledged as Zamboanga City’s worst drug infested barangay where killings occur regularly.

Late last year, former City Police Director Sr. Supt. Angelito Casimiro said that the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) has approved the police’s request to freeze 27 bank accounts worth billions of pesos belonging to suspected drug traffickers and pushers in Zamboanga City.

Some of the drug lords have already been arrested and jailed, while the rest have eluded arrest and are currently at large.

Casimiro  said the frozen bank accounts, including  two US dollar accounts are now under forfeiture procedure in favor of the government.

A slide presentation showed the following drug suspects with their frozen bank accounts:

* Benilda Lao  — 2 BDO, 1 PNB, 2 Maybank, 2 dollar accounts, 2 insurance policy, 1 vehicle insurance

* Nimeira Cawanan (Wife of Arman Lao Usman) — 1 BDO and 1 PNB

* Al Najier Idjas — 1 PNB

* Pedzmar Lao — 1 BDO

* Danny Go — 1 BDO

Casimiro lamented that the anti-drug campaign in Zamboanga City is hindered by the lack of witnesses or reluctant witnesses to cooperate during drug raids.

He explained that police anti drug operations are required under the law to have witnesses present.  — Allen Abastillas