Dumanjug’s market boss caught in drug raid

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Thursday, May 8, 2014


A TEAM raided yesterday Dumanjug Municipal Market Administrator Perfecto Amadora’s bungalow and confiscated 20 sachets of shabu worth P500,000 and two pistols with ammunition.

Amadora, who was arrested in Barangay Cogon, Dumanjug, identified himself as the younger brother of former Dumanjug mayor Melecio Amadora Jr.

The team from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) also allegedly confiscated around P10,000 cash. But Amadora these were collections from the market.

Four others were arrested—Lover John Castro, 20, who was inside the house with Amadora, and Ronilo Meguino, a 33-year-old motorcycle driver; Emelio Sabino, a 33-year-old house painter; and Michael Piega, a 40-year-old market vendor.

The three were allegedly inside separate drug dens near Amadora’s place and were found in possession of drug-sniffing paraphernalia.

Amadora admitted he owned the pistols, which he said were licensed. But the drugs, he insisted, were planted.

“Pagka wala’y kasing-kasing, dili na na mao, grabe na pagka-planted. Wa na’y kalooy; patay na man ta anang plantera (They are being heartless; those drugs were planted),” Amadora said. Amadora added that he believes the operation was meant as an indirect attack against Mayor Nelson Garcia, who is a first cousin of his brother Melecio’s wife, Linda.

Asked for his comment, the mayor said: “If it’s true and the evidence is not planted, I congratulate PDEA.”

But if their allegation turns out to be false and merely shows that the vice mayor opposes Amadora, Garcia said, “Di sad na maayo (That wouldn’t be right).”

PDEA spokesperson Atty. Mauro Lecin said that Amadora’s offense is non-bailable, based on Section 11 of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 or RA 9165, because the total stash weighs more than 50 grams.

Section 28 of the same law provides that the maximum penalty shall be imposed if the guilty offender is a government official or employee. He or she will also be disqualified from public service, if convicted.

With search warrant issued by Regional Trial Court Branch 19 Judge Wilfredo Fiel Navarro, PDEA 7 Director Esperidion Javier and his men raided Amadora’s house at 10:30 a.m. yesterday.

At the back of the house was a piggery with some 10 hogs.

Operatives went beyond the piggery, behind trees and grass thickets, and cornered the three other suspects inside makeshift dens. The dens were 80 to 100 meters downhill from the house.

“The operation will have a big impact because he’s the market administrator,” said Esperidion.

After eight months of surveillance, he said, the PDEA learned that two trails led to the dens: a narrow one that is hard to detect because it is regularly covered with grass and leaves, and a wider one that has wires to trip intruders or those unfamiliar with the route.

“Para kung mabunggo, ma-aalarma sila (If anyone tripped over the wires, the persons in the house would be alerted),” said Esperidion.

These alleged drug dens were camouflaged with leaves and grass.

“Parang sa Vietnam, napaka-unique ng den nila (Their dens are so unique; they look like they’re in Vietnam),” said Esperidion.

Esperidion also pointed to a tree house, some 50 meters from the bungalow but still inside Amadora’s property. Two cords led from the tree house to the dens; one supposedly to warn of approaching intruders and another to transport drugs and paraphernalia to each den.

Vice Mayor Guntrano Gica alleged that some drug pushers and personalities receive pay
as municipal employees or consultants.

Garcia, however, said he does not tolerate drugs in his administration. “Kung magbinuang mo, bisan pa paryente nako, sorry na lang mo (If you fool around, even if you happen to be relatives, I would not tolerate it. Sorry.) These people have been forewarned,” said Garcia.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 08, 2014.

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