A COLLEGE teacher and five senior high school students were caught past 8 p.m. Wednesday, January 24, in a drug bust in Barangay Pili, Madridejos town, Cebu.
Police Officer 3 Kent Formentera identified the teacher as Pablito Miro, a resident of Barangay Talisay in Santander, Cebu.
Four small packs of white crystals believed to be methamphetamine hydrochloride, locally known as “shabu,” were seized from the suspect.
Madridejos Police Chief Joey Mangle said Miro is a newly identified personality and he received a report about the suspect’s illegal activity last December.
Miro is the first teacher caught under the watch of Mangle, who is serving the town for over a year now. He started teaching at a private college in July last year.
A cell phone containing four sex videos between two men were recovered from the suspect, who denied to police he took part in the act. Mangle said the videos have poor quality and the faces of the men involved are not clear.
Mangle said they will intensify their information drive in public and private schools in the town, including two colleges.
The students are all 18 years old. They are Stephen Santillan Diongson, Jelson Villaceran Medallo, Michael Villaceran Gidawayan, Czar Brian Gidawayan Lim and Salvador Mansueto Atim.
Lim is a grade 11 student, while the rest are grade 12 students.
Formentera said the students were taken to the Regional Crime Laboratory in Cebu City for drug testing yesterday.
The drug bust against Miro was planned after the police received reports that he sold illegal drugs and that most of his customers are his students.
Before the arrest, PO1 Noel Villaceran, the decoy and a relative of Medallo and Gidawayan, approached Miro and pretended to buy shabu.
After Miro gave him the sachet, Villaceran gave the marked P500 bill and signaled the other anti-narcotics operatives that the drug bust had been consummated.
Miro, who noticed he was about to be arrested, ran and hid inside a house. The police gave chase and captured him inside the house, where the students were caught allegedly having a pot session.
Drug paraphernalia, including tin foil with a residue of “shabu,” were seized from the students.
The suspects will face complaints for violating Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
In Capitol, Cebu Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Office (CPADAO) head Carmen “Ivy” Durano-Meca said drug testing should be mandatory for secondary and tertiary school teachers.
She said Department of Education (DepEd) Orders 40 and 37, which state for mandatory drug tests for teachers and random tests students must be implemented.
She said the DepEd orders were issued last year but it is stated that their full implementation will be this year.
Meca said CPADAO will closely work with DepEd and Commission on Higher Education.
Last year, a teacher in Danao City was also found positive of illegal drugs. The teacher right now is enrolled in an outpatient treatment program, Meca said.
Meca said there were 1,864 minors from different towns and cities in the province who surrendered during the Tokhang campaign last year, 90 percent of whom are male. (KAL, USJ-R Intern Johan Paul Fajardo)