Baguio’s top drug personality gets life term-A A +A
By JM Agreda
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) recently lauded the court's decision to sentence Baguio City's top drug personality with life imprisonment.
Baguio Regional Trial Court branch 61 Judge Antonio Reyes served a life term to Bernardo "Bernie" Oliveros and course the payment of P10 million penalty for unlawful sale of a dangerous drug in a decision issued last August 20.
"This Court has to condemn, as a matter of duty, the accused to a life in prison where he shall be of harm to society no more. The streets of Baguio City has become a little safer from one notorious drug pusher less, a small measure of comfort but greatly attributable to the seamless efforts of this Court’s Prosecutor Ma. Lourdes Soriano and the concerned PDEA agents," Reyes said in his 15-page decision.
Oliveros was arrested in September 6, 2011 by the region's PDEA agents led by its team leader then and now PDEA Assistant Regional Director Gil Cesario Castro at Trancoville.
"This is a display of collective efforts from stakeholders supporting PDEA to achieve its goal," Castro said.
The capture and conviction of Oliveros, according to PDEA, led to the neutralization of the wide-ranging and deep-seated Oliveros drug group in the region.
Reyes also convicted Oliveros to 12 years and one day to 20 years imprisonment, and a fine of P400,000 for also being found guilty beyond any reasonable doubt of violating Section 11 or Possession of Dangerous Drugs of Republic Act 9165 or The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
The convicted pusher was also ordered transferred to the national penitentiary in Muntinlupa City. Regional Director Ronald Allan Ricardo of PDEA–Cordillera lauded the city's prosecution arm for its outstanding performance leading to the conviction.
"Once again, the forces of evil were defeated by our concerted efforts. We thank the action and vigilance of the prosecution and the court in safeguarding the case of public interest," Ricardo said.
PDEA reported Oliveros was allegedly a seasoned drug dealer and is first in the Target List of Drug Personalities in the region. He had already been a key player in the shabu trade in Baguio City by the late 1990s, the agency added.
Castro said they are also looking into the properties of the notorious drug pusher with the anti-money laundering Council as the PDEA official said Oliveros have three big properties, which does not fall into his declared assets and source of livelihood.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 04, 2013.