SUSPECTED drug lord Alvaro “Barok” Derecho Alvaro controlled the illegal drug trade in Danao City and the rest of northern Cebu and his detention has a big impact in reducing illegal drug supply.
This was the statement of Danao City Mayor Ramon “Nito Durano III, who gave P200,000 as a reward to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for facilitating Alvaro’s surrender.
Durano said the cash reward was allocated in 2014 yet when Barok already became notorious for dealing shabu. He was also tagged in the death of his competitors, policemen who wanted to arrest him and drug pushers who failed to remit sales.
“He is operating (as a drug lord) for about ten years already and considering the several unsolved killings in Danao City, he is really a menace to peace and order,” Durano said.
The cash reward was received by Atty. Renan Oliva, chief of the NBI in Bohol, while the Danao City Council resolution commending the NBI for facilitating the surrender of Barok was handed to NBI 7 Director Jose Justo Yap.
Durano said that in 2014, he noticed that the city police were reluctant to conduct manhunt against Barok and the people feared to report his whereabouts.
So, the City Government allocated P200,000 as reward to those who can arrest Barok. Durano also sought the assistance of Police Senior Supt. Paul Labra, then the chief of the Regional Intelligence Division, to help the city police under Supt. Elmer Lim.
“Labra and his group conducted simultaneous raids in April 2015 in Suba, Danao City and Barok’s rest house in Catmon town where they seized five kilos of shabu and high-powered firearms. Barok was able to escape, but his uncle, Tennie, was arrested,” Durano said.
Durano said the police filed charges against Barok and Tennie for illegal possession of high-powered firearms and five kilos of shabu.
Without that case filed by the group of Labra, Durano said, there is no basis to detain him.
He said that when Barok killed SPO4 Jose Relampagos in Looc, Danao City in 2013, he was released from jail because he was able to reach an amicable settlement with the victim’s family by giving them P2 million.
Durano described Barok as aggressive in dealing illegal drugs and killing people. Barok’s style of executing people, which was similar to what drug lords in Mexico are doing, could be the reason he was easily recognized by bigger drug lords.
Durano warned illegal drug dealers and pushers to stop their illegal activities or they will go to jail or get killed.
For several years already, Durano said, his administration gave P5,000 to each policeman who arrested a pusher.
As this developed, outgoing Danao City Councilor Carmen Durano Meca announced that by July 1, she will be the executive director of the Cebu Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CPADAC) based at Capitol.
“In this capacity, I will continue to link up with our city and its activities – with you,” Durano-Meca said.