Kin of Misamis Oriental town mayor positive for drug use

THE kin of Balingasag, Misamis Oriental town mayor Marietta Roa-Abogado arrested in a drug raid at their ancestral house last week have tested positive for illegal drug use, an official of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Northern Mindanao (PDEA)-Northern Mindanao said.

Ben Kalibre, Spokesperson of the PDEA-Northern Mindanao, said Abogado's siblings lawyer Michael Roa, Porferio Roa Jr., nephew Johnrey Roa, and Johnrey’s live in partner, Justine Mae Pondavela, have tested positive for drug use in tests conducted right after their arrest Thursday, November 10.

Anti-narcotics operatives raided the ancestral house of the Roa's in Barangay 5 in Balingasag and implemented the search warrant against Michael Roa which resulted to the confiscation of some 40 grams of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride, locally known as “shabu,” worth around P200,000.

Kalibre said the charges for violations of different provisions under the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act or Republic Act 9165 were filed against the suspects on Friday, November 11, before the Provincial Prosecutor's Office.

Kalibre said Michael and Porferio were charged for possession of illegal drugs (Section 11) and illegal drug use (Section 15).

Porferio Roa was also charged for possession of illegal drug paraphernalia (Section 12).

The couple John Rey and Pondavela were charged with possession of illegal drug paraphernalia (section 12) and illegal drug use (section 15).

Kalibre said section 11 of the said law is non-bailable.

“No bailbond recommended ang section 11 ilabi na kay sobra sa 10 grams ang nakompiska sa ila. While si John Rey ug Justine posible sila maka-bail depende sa fiscal (No bail bond was recommended for section 11, since more than 10 grams [of “shabu”] were confiscated from them [Michael and Porferio]. While John Rey and Justine can possibly bail out depending into the fiscal),” Kalibre said.

Kalibre said he hopes no one would, in one way or another, exert influence on the court once hearings on the cases begin.

“Gusto namo transparent ang dagan sa kaso aron mahibal-an sa katawhan. On our part gibuhat nato ang tanan para maplastar ug proper atong gihimo nga operation aron molampos atong tinguha nga maputol ilang gipangbuhat nga salaod (We want the flow of the case to be transparent so that people will know. On our part we did everything to present and what we did was proper operation to sever their violations),” Kalibre added.

Kalibre said Michael engaged in illegal drug trade based on the test conducted, which prompted the court to issue a search warrant.

While Porferio was also believed to be involved in drug pushing based on the volume of “shabu” seized from his room.

“Naa statement pud ang igsoon nila nga mayor nga pirmi na ni sila gibadlong pero lang kay gahi og ulo. I don't think ma-implicate ang mayor sa involvement sa iyang mga igsoon (In the statement of mayor’s sibling, it stated that the mayor kept on rebuking but they were hard headed. I don't think we can implicate the mayor’s involvement to her siblings),” Kalibre added.
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