Wednesday August 15, 2018

Editorial: Transshipment area

AUTHORITIES in Negros Occidental were quick to deny that the province is not a bedrock of illegal drugs following the recovery of P72 million worth of suspected shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) in San Carlos City early Wednesday, August 8.

Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Castil Jr., director of Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, said the recovered drugs allegedly came from Luzon and were transported to Cebu City then to Negros Occidental, through the San Carlos City seaport.

Castil stressed Negros Occidental is not a source of illegal drugs.

"The province is considered a transshipment area because of seaports and other entry points but it does not supply illegal drugs," Castil said.

During the drug raid, the three suspects - Armando Paraquelles, his wife Josephine, a certain “Putot” - evaded police arrest.

They boarded one of the motorcycles then ran towards the sugarcane plantation.

Castil said the suspects, considered as newly identified drug personalities, may have been “keepers” of the contraband sent to them by drug suspects from other localities.

The narcotics may be distributed to Negros Occidental and its capital city, Bacolod and other provinces.

Castil assured the Negrenses that the police is doing its job to address the proliferation of illegal drugs here.

He urged the community to immediately report to the authorities if there are suspicious persons or activities in their localities.