BECAUSE of the stern warning of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte against those who are involved in illegal drug trade, the most wanted drug personality in Mandaue City surrendered himself to the police last Wednesday night.
Pablo Loberanes went to Mandaue City Police Office (MCPO) to surrender, in time for Duterte’s visit in Cebu for the two thanksgiving events organized by his political leaders and supporters last Wednesday.
Loberanes, who is from Barangay Paknaan was accompanied by his live-in partner and eight-month-old child when they went to the police headquarters.
“Ni-surrender ko tungod sa bag-ong patakaran karon ni President Duterte, nahadlok ko, nya number one baya ko sa Mandaue. Gusto lang sad nako klaruhon nga dili dinagko akong ma-dispose (I surrendered because of the new rules of President Duterte, I’m scared, to think I’m number one in Mandaue. I just want to make it clear also that I don’t dispose large amounts),” he said when interviewed.
He also surrendered his unlicensed high-powered AR19 rifle with two magazines and 60 pieces ammunition, which Loberanes purposely bought for his safety.
Police Senior Supt. Jonathan Cabal, chief of MCPO, said the suspect can dispose large amount of shabu and has been operating in the city.
“Since he is the number one in our most wanted lost, di bumababa sa dalawa or tatlong bulto nga shabu ang kaya nya’ng i-dispose nya sa buong Mandaue (he doesn’t deal anything lower than two to three bulk supplies of shabu and he can distribute them all over Manduae),” he said.
Cabal said Loberanes has been part of their case operation plan even in the previous years.
Cabal said the suspect will be charged for violation of Republic Act (RA) 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act, RA 10591, or the Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition and violation of the Comelec gun ban.
The police officer commended Loberanes’s move to surrender peacefully to the authority and added that it should serve as an example to their other targets to surrender.
“It’s my plea to our other targets to surrender peacefully and follow what Pablo Loberanes did, it’s very commendable because although he is involved in illegal activities, but he wanted to change,” Cabal said.
During the interview, Cabal said Loberanes admitted that to them that one of the reasons he surrendered was the standing order of Duterte to go against those who are involved in illegal drugs.
“At least, nagkaroon ng good effect ang pronouncement ng ating incoming president, nagkaroon ng chilling effect sa mga nangyayari sa ating society right now, we’ve intensified our operation against illegal drugs,” he said.
Instead of fighting back when a police operation will be carried out against him, Loberanes said he opted to surrender to the police and stay alive inside his detention cell.
“Nianhi na lang gyod ko aron mo-surrender para pud sa akong safety (I came here to surrender and for my safety,” Loberanes said.