Zambo drug pushers not afraid of Duterte’s warning; 3 more nabbed PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 05 June 2016 14:19

By DAN TORIBIO JR.

Drug pushers in Zamboanga City are undaunted by President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s stern warning against those involved in the illegal trade.

This as three more persons were arrested in separate operations in the city’s east and west coast.

Men of the Sinunuc Police Station led by Chief Insp. Hingming Chang Ladjaali staged a buy-bust operation around 8 p.m. Friday, in 5th Street, Southcom Village, Calarian where they arrested Julius Dulap y Buena, 42, married. Recovered from his possession were P200 marked money, three small transparent plastic straw containing shabu, two long transparent plastic straws containing same substance, drug paraphernalia, two empty sachets containing shabu residue and seven serviceable bullets  for .45 caliber pistol.

The suspect was taken to the Sinunuc Police Station where he was detained.

About 30 minutes earlier, men of the Ayala Police Station under Sr. Insp. Karib Muharram arrested a suspected shabu pusher at Zone 1, Tulungatung. He was identified as Hervin Juaton y Savedra alias Bily, 34, married of Zone 1, Ayala.Confiscated from his possession were three sachets of shabu, drug paraphernalia and P200 marked money.

Around 1 p.m. Thursday, men of the Divisoria Police Station led by Chief Insp. Arlan Delumpines arrested Jeffrey Tubo y Apolinario, 26, of Daisy Road, Guiwan.

Tubo was nabbed along the highway in Divisoria. Two sachets of shabu and marked money were confiscated from the suspect’s possession.

All the arrested suspects were detained while the seized items were forwarded to the 9th PNP Crime Laboratory for examination.

The arrest of the three indicated that the shabu trade goes unabated in majority of the city’s 98 barangays.

In a statement early this week, the incoming president announced that he is offering a P3-million reward to those who can capture or kill high profile drug lords. He also put a bounty on the arrest of drug lords’ men.

Lawmen found to be connected to drug trade will be heavily punished too.

Duterte said that incoming National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) director Dante Gierran has already been informed of this directive.

“Sabi ko, ‘Ilagay kita diyan pero sa isang kondisyon, na kapag may ahente ka na nagkakalat ito drugs and it comes to a fight, I want you to kill him personally. I want you to do the killing kasi sa iyo ko ibigay iyong P3 million,’” GMA News quoted Duterte as saying said in a news briefing Tuesday night.

According to Duterte, the bounty came from his excess campaign funds, which is enough for 100 criminals.

Duterte’s chosen director general of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Chief Supt. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, said that giving rewards may motivate law enforcement officers to work harder.

“Additional motivation on their part iyan kaysa tatanggap sila ng pera galing sa drugs... Ang pulis hindi naman iyan bounty hunter. Hindi naman iyan hitman o gun for hire. I-neutralize mo iyong drug lord through legal means, kaya nga sinabi dead or alive. Kung lumaban mas maganda iyong patay siya [criminal] para hindi ikaw [police] iyong mamatay,” he said.

Duterte won the May 9 presidential race on a crime fighting campaign, particularly those in the illegal drug trade.

“I’m not saying you kill them, but the order is dead or alive. It’s a subject sa kanilang turo ‘When to kill and when not to kill’ — when is it legal to kill, when is it unlawful to take another man’s life” he explained. – Dan Toribio