Drive vs illegal drugs shifts to Barangay Ilang-A A +A
Monday, February 18, 2013
OF THE 34 suspected drug pushers, five were confronted by the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) in its house-to-house visit in Muslim village, Barangay Ilang, Bunawan, Davao City on Monday.
DCPO chief Senior Superintendent Ronald M. dela Rosa said three of the five people readily admitted they are involved in the illegal drugs trade in the city.
"Katong uban, wala diri, ang uban naka-padlock na ang balay, ang uban naa daw lakaw (The others were not around. There are those who have already padlocked their houses while others were said to have just gone somewhere)," dela Rosa said.
The DCPO chief said they have already advised relatives of the suspects to tell those involved to go to the DCPO.
Barangay Ilang chief Romeo B. Cabling said they will continue to monitor the drug suspects who have not yet been confronted.
"We will also continue to conduct operations to totally eradicate the drug problems in this barangay," Cabling said.
Dela Rosa told Cabling that he will have to assign police officers in the area so that the monitoring and the arrest of the drug suspects are easier.
"Starting tonight, we will be posting police officers here. These police officers will be in civilian uniform so that the suspects won't be able to identify them. We will also conduct nightly operations with the barangay police to stop their illegal drug activities," dela Rosa said.
Jackie Jimlani, one of the suspects confronted by the DCPO, admitted that she was a drug pusher but insisted that she already stopped ten months ago. She blamed poverty.
Contrary to her claim of poverty, however, information from the police pointed to Jimlani as among the top pushers, being able to dispose of at least two jumbo packs a month. A jumbo pack is worth P1 million. But she claimed only P60,000 goes to her.
Contrary to her claim that she already stopped pushing drugs, in an interview, she admitted she cannot stop pushing drugs because she has so many problems that require money. She can only try her best to stop, she said.
Rassan Abubakar, also among the drug suspects, denied being one, blaming his neighbors are spreading false rumors, claiming many hold a grudge against him.
Dela Rosa, meanwhile, said their house-to-house visit is not a human rights violation since they are trying to be more diplomatic.
"We did not trespass any house. We were merely there to talk to the suspects. But of course, we cannot be diplomatic at all times. We could also intimidate the suspects a little bit to stop their involvement in drugs," dela Rosa said.
The DCPO, along with the officials of Barangay Ilang, continues to monitor the area for any illegal drug activities.
Just last week, DCPO personnel led by Dela Rosa also scoured 23-C as part of their proactive drug eradication operation in the city. (Ruji Peter S. Abat)
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 19, 2013.