A NEWBIE in the illegal drug trade who claimed to be an illegitimate son of Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña was arrested during a buy-bust in Barangay Suba last Monday.
Rolando Yburan Osmeña, 48, yielded 20 small sachets of shabu weighing around 2.5 grams with a street value of P29,500, a video carrera machine and two moli-moli machines last Monday morning.
Rolando claimed he is the mayor’s son from a woman he met in Bohol.
“Anak ako sa labas. Humihingi lang ako ng suporta sa aking ama (I’m his illegitimate son. I just want to ask for financial support),” Rolando said, smiling.
Asked by reporters if the mayor has acknowledged him as his son, Rolando shook his head.
“Mahirap ipaliwanag eh (It’s hard to explain it),” he said.
“Alam na alam niya. Minsan nakikipag communicate lang kaming dalawa. Gusto ko sanang makipag-usap sa kanya, ayaw magpakita kasi umiiwas siya sa corruption pareho kasi kaming naiipit diyan (He knows about me. Sometimes, we communicate with each other. I wanted to talk to him personally but he doesn’t want to because we both don’t want to be tainted with corruption),” he added.
Sought for comment, Mayor Osmeña just laughed off the claim of the drug suspect.
“It’s normal that after winning the elections, many will claim to be related. But I never expected this,” Tomas said in a text message.
The mayor is 68 years old, which would mean that if the claim of Rolando is true, the former was 20 years old when Rolando was born.
Rolando denied he is a drug pusher.
He said he was based in Manila but and decided to return to Cebu after the import and export garments factory he worked for closed.
“Hindi sa amin yan, sa corruption galing yan. Sila ang nagdadala ng shabu na galing sa barangay. Pinagamit nila ako eh (The drugs are not ours, it came from corruption. They brought the shabu that came from the barangay. They let me use it),” Rolando said.
Rolando narrated that he once went to Camp Sergio Osmeña Sr., the police regional headquarters on Osmeña Blvd., in the hopes of seeing the mayor.
He said he didn’t see Osmeña there and he went home in tears.
He said his mother was already dead when he learned that his father is the Cebu City mayor.
He said her mother carried the family name Sucubos while the Yburans adopted him.
Now inside a cramped detention cell in Police Station 6, Rolando wished to send the mayor a message.
Rolando said he wanted to talk to Osmeña but “ayaw niya kasi baka anong mangyari sa akin, palagi akong binabantaan ng mga korapsyon (but he doesn’t want to because I’m always threatened by corruption).”
Chief Insp. Keith Andaya, head of the Sawang Calero police, said that Rolando sells shabu on the streets of Sitio Mahayahay I.
Rolando sells shabu in the area abandoned by drug pushers, Andaya said.
Rolando was caught in an open pathway in front of a drug den with the items that were confiscated from him at 8:10 a.m.
Andaya said Rolando wasn’t included in the Oplan Tokhang because he had just started selling illegal drugs.
Rolanda will face charges for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
In Lapu-Lapu City, more than P140,000 worth of illegal drugs were seized from three drug suspects, including a high value target, in separate police operations yesterday.
Members of the Lapu-Lapu City Intelligence Branch (CIB) arrested a new player in the illegal drug trade in Barangay Gun-ob at 6:30 a.m.
Rommel Ramirez, 23, was caught after a police decoy bought a sachet of shabu worth P300 from him at Sacred Heart Village.
PO2 Jovil Tejana of the CIB said residents in the area reported Ramirez’s illegal drug trade to them.
Authorities recovered 32 sachets of suspected shabu worth P15,576 from him.
The buy-bust money and another P700 were also seized from the suspect.
High value target
More than an hour later, Bicoy´s team also caught Arnel Macabodbod, 29, and Lindo Bragat, 41, just a few meters away from the house of Ramirez.
CIB operatives identified Macabodbod as a high value target, an alleged Level 2 pusher, while Bragat was listed in the CIB’s drug watch list.
“They were already told to surrender, but they did not come to the police,” Tejana said.
He said Macabodbod and Bragat had previous cases for violations of RA 9165.
Police confiscated 10 sachets and two medium packs of shabu, the buy-bust money and another P2,100 from Macabodbod.
Eight sachets of the same substance were recovered from Bragat.
Tejana said the illegal drugs confiscated were worth P126,968.
The three suspects are detained at the Lapu-Lapu Police Office holding cell pending the filing of complaints against them.