Councilor linked to drugs yields

A COUNCILOR of La Castellana, Negros Occidental, who was linked to drugs voluntarily surrendered to police officials at the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (Nocppo) headquarters in Bacolod City on November 9.

Senior Superintendent William Señoron, acting provincial director of Nocppo, said Councilor Alberto “White” Nicor III yielded to officials of Police Regional Office (PRO)-Negros Island Region (NIR) and met with intelligence operatives around 2 p.m.

Señoron said Nicor wanted to clear his name in relation to illegal drugs. He was assisted by his father Alberto Nicor Jr., a former mayor of the town.

The councilor’s sister Rhumyla Nicor Mangilimutan is now the mayor of La Castellana.

Señoron said Nicor was included in the “narco list” of elected public officials being monitored by the police.

He added that Nicor was previously a drug user, but has decided to stop engaging in illegal drug activity even before the government launched the war against drugs.

Señoron said Nicor’s surrender is a good move, but his activities will still be monitored.

He added that Nicor said he decided to surrender to set as an example to his constituents and other public officials.

Last July 11, Joseph Gerald Marañon, a former vice mayor of Sagay City, also voluntarily surrendered to Señoron in relation to police’s massive anti-illegal drug campaign.

He is the son of the late governor Joseph Marañon and nephew of Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr.

Early last month, Moises Padilla Councilor Jolomar Hilario and his son Francis were detained after yielding positive drug test results.

They were part of the 126 male municipal personnel who underwent a drug test initiated by the town police station.

Hilario’s son Francis is a casual employee assigned at the Municipal Treasurer’s Office.

Also in October, seven policemen, including two chiefs of police, in Negros Occidental were ordered transferred to other regional offices after being tagged as drug protectors.

Relieved from PRO-NIR effective October 26 were Superintendent Jacob Crisostomo, former chief of San Carlos City Police Station; Chief Inspector Joemarie Occeño, former chief of Valladolid Municipal Police Station; Superintendent Santiago Rapiz, former head of Police Community Relations of Nocppo; Superintendent Rosauro Francisco; Superintendent Lino Dalisay; and Chief Inspector Rico Santotome, all assigned at Nocppo; and Superintendent Leonardo Angcon, assigned at PRO-NIR.

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