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Thursday, November 1, 2012
THE Police Regional Office 7 is now investigating a police officer assigned in the Special Reaction Unit and a police trainee for alleged involvement in drug pushing and drug use.
Barangay Captain William Genel of Ga-as in Balamban Cebu said the two policemen (names withheld pending investigation) were identified by 11 drug pushers who confessed peddling drugs within the perimeters of the Regional Training School (RTS 7).
According to reports that reached Sun.Star Cebu, vendors would sell shabu to police trainees who would “take life,” an initiative by trainees for them to survive.
Two of the eleven drug pushers who are barangay tanods identified a trainee as one of their customers.
Genel said, “Mikumpisal mismo sa amo atubangan ang ako tanod nga usa gyud ka trainee ang tig-gamitan ug droga. Gani ang tig-supply kanila, usa sab ka pulis na-assign sa SRU (Our tanod confessed that a trainee is using drugs. In fact, their supplier is also a policeman assigned at the SRU).”
Genel said his office cannot tolerate this, most especially if done by law enforcers.
He is set to meet with higher officials in the PNP to discuss the matter.
A memorandum dated Oct. 28 was furnished to all eleven drug pushers for them to do away with drugs and immediately put a stop to it.
Meanwhile, the chief of the Applied Training Affairs Division of RTS 7, Chief Insp. Ramon Landingin denied such allegations, saying it is impossible for his men to indulge in illegal drugs because they are closely being monitored.
“Dili gyud na mahitabo nga naay mugamit ana dri kay amo na sila gi-monitor pag maayo paglikay kanila sa bisan unsang matang nga makadaut kanila (That can’t happen here since we’re monitoring them closely from engaging in something harmful),” Genel added.
Chief Supt. Marcelo Garbo Jr. said he has yet to receive a formal copy of the complaint against the two police officers and vowed not to disregard the case.
The chief of the Regional Personnel of Human Resources and Development Division of PRO 7 who is in-charge of the recruitment and promotion of police personnel refused to comment pending investigation by higher headquarters.
More than 300 police trainees are now in the regional training school. (JRB/Sun.Star Cebu)
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on November 01, 2012.