TAGBILARAN CITY. When will police authorities in the province name their comrades who are allegedly link to illegal drugs as promised. This questioned surfaced again in the media since PNP regional police director Bañas promised the media in a press conference held at Bohol Agricultural Promotion Center that the identities of police officers in illegal drugs are out a month after his visit sometime in June this year. So far, only two policemen have been found to have been involved in illegal drugs or substance users as reported lately. It will be recalled that almost 500 suspects are in the illegal drugs watch list, Bohol Provincial Police Office said earlier. And these suspects were not named yet by said office while further investigation on their involvement is in progress, it said.
Provincial police director Col. Dennis Agustin reportedly reiterated the call for the people to extend help in the fight against illegal drugs in the province. Illegal drugs is everybody’s concern, the police said. Just recently, Arnold Espinoza, who was shot dead near the city police station, was said to have linked to illegal drugs when some sachets of believed to shabu were taken from him. Espinoza, 22, a native of Talisay City, Cebu, a known snatcher was fatally hit in his head after hi was shot Garden Café restaurant along J. S. Torralba street, this city Friday.
As this developed, forty-four percent (44%) of the Boholanos believed illegal drugs is not a problem at all, Bohol Poll 2014 said based on the 400 respondents opinion survey conducted on April2-27, 2014. Only 15% said that the illegal drug is very serious menace. Twenty-two percent said the problem is ?not serious and somewhat serious, 18%, the survey said. Last year (2013), 52% of the respondents said it is not a problem. The it-is-not-a-problem perception posted 53% in 2012; 44% in 2911; and 56% in 2010, a five-year comparative data on opinion polling showed.
Only four percent (4%) said it is a very serious problem in 2010 and eight
percent (8%) apiece in the years 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Those who said that the illegal drugs problem is not that serious scored
28%, 31%, 26% and 21% in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, respectively.