INABANGA, Bohol – A total of 840 of the 1,109 barangays in Bohol are drug affected, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), the main government agency running after trade of prohibited substances in the country, said. PDEA told the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) meeting held here yesterday that there are 232 barangays remained unaffected by illegal drugs trade and abuse.
The barangays concerned are classified into the following: slightly affected — 528; moderately affected — 311; and seriously affected — 11. PDEA said that Bohol is under category 2. Category 1 refers to “seriously affected” barangays where there exists of one drug den, laboratory, warehouse diver resort and similar establishment; category 2 (modertaly) — presence of at least one suspected drug pusher or trafficker; and category 3 (slightly affected) — there is presence of users but no pushers based on Dangerous Drugs Board Resolution No. 12, series of 2004, PDEA said.
But PDEA’s power point presentation presented by Agent Jigger Juniller, PDEA head for Bohol, during the PPOC meeting did not provide name of towns where these barangays are located.
A total of 341 of suspects divided into watch list with 234; target list, 38; wanted, 17 and suspense file, 52, it said.
PDEA scored on its intensified campaign against drugs with a total of 46.19 grams of “methamphetamine hydrochloride” popularly known as “shabu” confiscated with street value of Php545,042.00 after last month’s operations.
A total of 8.06 grams seized thru buy bust operations; 38.1 grams thru search warrants; and 0.03 grams of shabu by way of “inflagrante delicto.”
A total of 38 drugs cases have been newly filed while 12 cases are set for Resolution. Eight (8) case are for preliminary while two (2) cases dismissed, PDEA said. There were no convictions, however.
Six (6) suspects had posted bail bond while 27 (suspects) are detained and only one (1) still at large. But the identities of these suspects were not given.
Sources of these “shabu” come from Cebu City and Metro Manila gain entrance thru sea vessels that dock at the ports of Tagbilaran City, Tubigon, Getafe, Talibon, Loon, Ubay and Jagna, PDEA said.
In previous PPOC meeting, PDEA agent Chona Egam said that nine (9) cases have been dismissed and only one (1) convicted during the first quarter of the year. There was only one (1) acquittal during the same period.
A total of 83 cases filed in different courts have been accumulated during the same period, Egam said in responding to query that more cases that PDEA is attending than the number of cases filed by the police at the prosecution level.
Of the 83 cases, 44 cases fall under violation of section 11 of Republic Act 9165, the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act. Twenty-five (25) cases under section 5; 12 under section 12; and one each under sections 6 and 7 of the same law.
Also present during the PPOC meet were PNP provincial director Col Dennis Agustin, DILG provincial director Lousella Lucino, provincial health officer Dr. Reymoses Cabagnot and other head of offices of the provincial and national government. (rvo)