09 Aug No Cagayan de Oro Politicians in Duterte’s List of Personalities Involved in Drug Trade
In President Rodrigo Duterte’s list of government officials supposedly involved in the drug trade, there are no Cagayan de Oro politicians or from Misamis Oriental included.
Meanwhile, the only policeman along with other 158 named by Duterte on Sunday, retired policeman Reynaldo dela Victoria, has been behind bars for the past two years. Formerly from Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo), he was busted in an entrapment operation conducted on September 2, 2014 by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-Northern Mindanao with about 25 grams of shabu seized from his possession. Six months prior to his arrest, he then retired.
Six other policemen from the region were also named by Duterte namely Chief Inspector Perfecto Abrasado Awi Jr. (Misamis Oriental), Inspector Roy Montes (Iligan), Superintendent Ricardo Gando (Bukidnon), SPO4 Rodrigo Ramos (Bukidnon), SPO3 Emelio Mendoza (Iligan), and Marlo Espinosa (Bukidnon). However, according to Police Regional Office spokesperson Superintendent Surki Sereñas, only three of the named six policemen remain in service. They are Police Senior Inspector Roy Montes of Misamis Oriental Provincial Police Office, Police Chief Inspector Ricardo Gando and SPO1 Rodrigo Ramos of Bukidnon Provincial Office.
Sereñas said that Chief Inspector Awi was already dismissed from the service last month along with other 30 policemen after resulted positive for illegal drug use. And only Ramos and Gando are alleged active in illegal drug activities based on their intelligence monitoring.
“We strongly condemn the criminal act and we will make sure that they will be answerable for it criminally and administratively,” said Police Regional Director Noel Constantino in a statement on Sunday who ordered all ground commanders to “relieve, disarm and restrict to barracks” and all policemen who were named by Duterte. An immediate relief and reassignment to the Administrative Holding Office at the Regional Headquarters Support Group inside Camp Alagar was also ordered to the concerned policemen where they will be restricted to barracks while facing administrative and criminal charges. Also, he ordered the immediate recall among all police security escorts and bodyguards assigned to the so-called “narco-politicians.”
The long list which contains names of local and police officials and judges linked to the illegal drugs was based on the investigation regulated by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Philippine National Police (PNP), and other government agencies.