BALILIHAN, Bohol – Some 20 high school students of Pablo Malazarte National High School in barangay Cabad in this interior town who admitted they engaged in illegal drugs were castigated. The security guard, who caught the students with some “paraphernalia” in their possession, said that the school administration headed by school principal Christina Apale, suspended them for three days based on school policies.
DyTR tried but failed to get statement of the school principal last Friday since she was attending a meeting at the DepEd office in this city. The office of social welfare here denied the allegation of meting penalty imposed on the students. Social Welfare officer Reina Thea Damalerio said it’s not penalty but “community diversion.” She said in exclusive interview that part of the “community diversion” is cleaning the school premises for 30 days.
Police chief Winston Peñaranda confirmed this in separate interview that indeed the students were into these banned substances. But they did not divulge the identities of the youth. He said that recently the police force nabbed an alleged drug lord of this town after a series of test buy prior to buy-bust operation.
It will be recalled police authorities confirmed that indeed children who are considered minors are being used as sellers or are engaged in the prohibited substances. The arrest of a 17-year old resident of Panglao island (name withheld), who was caught in possession of the alleged “shabu” showed children are into illegal drugs.
A successful buy-bust operation showed that a minor was in possession of the banned substances following the arrest of suspected drugs pusher, Romulo Arancon, 31, alias “Moli” single and jobless of sitio Balili, Barangay Danao, Panglao town. Recently, the combined force of city police and CIDG raided an alleged drug den in the city apprehended suspects of illegal drugs trade, including several youth who were later on released to their families. (rvo)