Police to place Calamba fire victim in drug watchlist

THE man, whose room was reportedly the origin of the fire in Barangay Calamba, Cebu City admitted to authorities that he was a drug user.

However, Chief Insp. Keith Andaya, head of the San Nicolas Police Station said that Michael Gingoyon and Eliazar Piloton, owner of the house, were not in their drug list and records.

Andaya said Gingoyon confessed that he would sometimes use his rented room to sniff shabu.

“But he denied that he sniffed shabu prior to the fire incident,” Andaya said.

Andaya also said that the house was not a drug den.

“Because if you say that it’s a drug den, its sole purpose is for shabu to be sold and where users can sniff illegal drugs,” he added.

Gingoyon and his live-in partner lived inside the room.

“We believe that he would use the room to sniff shabu secretly when his partner is out,” Andaya said.

Before the fire, police found out that Gingoyon was using a candle since their electricity was cut off.

Since Gingoyon was charged with illegal possession of drug paraphernalia and may be able to post bail, Andaya said he will be included in their drug watchlist. “We will monitor him,” he added. (JOB)
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