BARELY a week after police arrested City Hall worker Wisconsin Brazil in a drug bust, another city employee was nabbed for alleged use of illegal drugs at Zone 6, Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City, over the weekend.
Authorities arrested drug suspects Risly Maisog, 34, and Jomar Ceniza, 22, in a drug bust on Saturday afternoon, October 7.
Maisog is an active member of the Roads and Traffic Administration
(RTA) as a traffic law enforcer, while Ceniza is a construction worker.
Police seized sachets with residue of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride, locally known as “shabu,” and assorted drug paraphernalia.
Senior Inspector Mario Mantala, deputy chief of police station 4, said the former anti-illegal drug unit of the Cagayan de Oro City Police
Office has already made an information report on the traffic law enforcer's involvement in illegal drug activities two years ago.
Mantala, however, clarified that Maisog has only been monitored as drug user while suspect Ceniza was monitored to have been peddling illegal drugs.
"Drug user rani si Maisog. Dugay nani siya gagamit og droga kay
nabuhatan nani sauna og information report two to three years ago. Ang isa is pusher and user (Maisog is a drug user. He’s been using drugs since there was an information report about him two to three years ago. The other one is a user and pusher)," Mantala said.
Mantala said Maisog was considered high-value target since he is working in the government as traffic law enforcer.
Mantala added that the arrest of the suspects was a result of the cooperation of the neighborhood who tipped information that the suspects are having pot session in a shanty, prompting authorities to raid the supposed drug den in the area.
"Nasapon namo sila nga ga-pot session kay naay nagtawag nga concern citizen sa ilang drug activities sa usa ka shanty nga gihimo nilang drug den nga P20 ang bayad (We caught them having a pot session because a concerned citizen told us about their drug activities in a shanty that serves as their den with P20 as payment)," Mantala said.
The suspects who were detained at the Maharlika Detention Facilitty will face drug charges for using and possession of prohibited drugs and drug paraphernalia.
Mantala said the suspects can post bail.
Lawyer Edgardo Uy, Task Force Hapsay Dalan chief, should the traffic aide be proven guilty of illegal drug use, he may be booted out from the RTA.
"He is an RTA traffic aide. Kung tinuod niya gibuhat ang rason nga
gidakop siya (If the reason why he was arrested is true), he does not deserve to be a traffic aide. But of course, due process will be observed," Uy said.
Uy said the RTA does not tolerate shenanigans committed by employees and the arrest of Maisog has helped them cleanse their ranks.
Uy added it also served as stern warning to all "that the long arm of the law will soon catch up on them."
The RTA is regularly conducting an unannounced random drug testing among its employees and several workers were previously tested positive and have been terminated from service.
"Those tested positive in the random drug test were no longer with the RTA now. We intend to continue with the surprise random drug test," Uy said.