Man charged with solvent abuse-A A +A
Sunday, July 15, 2012
A 19-YEAR-OLD man was sued for possessing Toluene, a water-insoluble liquid with the odor of paint thinner, sniffed just like other solvent by those seeking some high.
Rodel Panuncia of Barangay 31-D was arrested for allegedly possessing "Toluene" suspected to be "for inhalation to induce or produce intoxication or irrational behavior or in any manner changing or disturbing the auditory, visual or mental processor."
Panuncia was charged with violation of Presidential Decree 1619, otherwise known as possession of volatile substance for inhalation.
The respondent, assisted by Public Attorney's Office (PAO), opted to answer the charges against him in court.
In his affidavit, Police Officer 3 Lendro Tutor said they were conducting a surveillance operation when he saw two men at along Roxas Avenue acting suspiciously. They gave chase when the two boarded a bicycle and sped off upon seeing them.
They arrested Panuncia and freed the other young man for being a minor.
Prosecutor Retrina Fuentes recommended a P8,000 bail for the Panuncia. (Arianne Caryl N. Casas)
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 16, 2012.