THE Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) confiscated a kilo of shabu worth P12.09 million in one week’s worth of operations in different areas in the province.

The operation of the Cebu Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Commission (CPADAC) called Limpyo Probinsya was conducted from May 26 to June 2.

CPADAC executive director Joey Herrera said Limpiyo Probinsiya is gaining the support of the community, who provided police with tips.

CPPO Director Noel Gillamac said most of the operations took their lead from text messages.

He said the text messages led to the arrest of Maribel Ibo Arcenal and Eduardo Batad Arcenal in San Remigio town last May 2. They recovered from the suspects 2.25 kilograms of shabu worth P23.659 million.

Maribel is the wife of Reynaldo Arcenal, who has been detained at the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center since 2011.

She reportedly took over his husband’s illegal business after his arrest.

In the week-long operation, CPPO conducted 66 operations, of which 36 were buy-busts and 30 were raids.

Seized

In the operations 87 persons were arrested, 11 firearms were confiscated and P99,287 drugs money was seized.

CPADAC co-chair and Provincial Board Member Ivy Durano Meca said Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide allocated P2 million for Limpyo from Capitol’s annual budget.

Herrera said the amount will be spent on police mobility, like fuel for transportation during surveillance and actual operation.

Commission on Audit (COA) rules, however, disallows use of the money on buy-busts.

Aside from conducting drug operations, CPADAC also conducts random drug tests among government employees and teachers.

Herrera and Meca will meet Department of Education 7 Director Juliet Jeruta tomorrow to discuss guidelines in conducting random drug tests on teachers.

Reports earlier quoted Jeruta as saying that one cannot force a teacher to submit himself to a drug test.

Herrera said they will convince Jeruta to reconsider and will show her provisions of the law and circular order supporting random drug tests among government employees, including teachers.