THE Cebu Provincial Government gave P3.659 million cash to Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) personnel for their outstanding anti-drug accomplishments—for arresting 170 suspects, in 1,021 operations and confiscating a total of P73 million worth of drugs from January to November 2015.
Of the total P3.659 million cash allocated, Cebu Provincial Anti-Drug Commission (CPADAC) Vice Chair Carmen Remedios Meca explained to policemen that the Provincial Treasurers’ office, due to voluminous checks to be issued at the end of the year, has yet to issue a P1.425-million check for recent anti-drug accomplishments.
In yesterday’s awarding ceremony, Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III, PB Member Remedios Meca, through CPPO’s Provincial Intelligence Branch (PIB) Head Rodolfo Albotra Jr., turned over a total of P316,000 cash to 60 men from San Francisco PNP, Samboan PNP, Danao Cty PNP and PIB personnel.
“We are giving you these incentives because your operation have risks involved ug ang inyong kontra armado pud sila (and the criminals are likewise armed),” Davide told the policemen present during yesterday’s CPADAC awarding ceremony yesterday.
Davide Meca and Albotra handed P30,000 reward to PO1 Demar Muaña, a San Francisco officer who sustained six gunshot wounds and survived during an anti-drug operation in Sitio Cambat-an, Barangay Sta. Cruz in San Francisco, Camotes, where two suspects were arrested.
Davide and Meca also handed P70,000 cash to the 13-man Samboan Police for confiscating P1.381 million worth of shabu last May 24, 2015 in Barangay Poblacion; P41,000 cash to Danao City’s 13 officers for confiscating P354,000 worth of drugs last May 26; and P175,000 to 33 PIB personnel for confiscating P1.062 million worth of drugs last Nov. 27 in Barangay Macaas, Catmon.
As of November this year, the highest amount of drugs confiscated was in May, as per Dangerous Drug Board value, which amounted to P34,537,572 and where 202 cases filed in court.
In that near-death encounter last June in San Francisco, Muaña had two gunshot wounds in his right arm, one on the chest and two in his left arm.
His cellphone that was placed in the pocket of his sling bag saved him from death as the sixth bullet that hit it vwould have hit his heart.
“Kung wala pa to, way siguro (Without my phone, I would have been killed),” Muaña said.
Muaña, a resident of Barangay Esperanza in San Francisco, was rushed to Chong Hua Hospital in Cebu City where he was admitted for three days.
He was not able to work for two months after the bone of his left arm was broken.
“Nakat-onan nako nga mas mag-amping (I learned to be more careful),” Muaña said.
Among their other major accomplishments highlighted yesterday are the confiscation of P1.2 million in drugs in Barangay Tangke Talisay last Nov 28; P1.5 million in drugs in Cordova last Dec. 2; P5 million worth of drugs in Bogo City last Oct. 22; a shooting encounter in Bogo City last Oct. 19, which resulted in the confiscation of high-powered firearms; arrest of Randy Casipong of Pulpogan, Consolacion last Oct. 27, and an arrest through a warrant for Roland Tumulak in Barangay Pulangbato Talamban last Nov. 20.
“Dili ni ato, para ni sa atong kabataan and their future (This is not for us, this is for the young and their future),” said Davide, referring to the accomplishments of CPPO opertatives.