Mayor Velarde confronts PD Bausa on drug report

Tinambac Mayor Ruel Velarde
Tinambac Mayor Ruel Velarde

by Edwin Lara

Mayor Ruel Velarde of the municipality of Tinambac in Camarines Sur was fuming in anger when he confronted Philippine National Police (PNP) Provincial Director Ramiro Bausa on a recent report about the alleged proliferation of drugs in his town.

This was during the meeting of the League of Municipalities at Regent Hotel a few days ago which mayors from the province attended.

In the said media report, Velarde’s town was ranked second in a list of municipalities in Camarines Sur which supposedly had illegal drug activities.

Velarde questioned the authenticity of the source of the report, which he said needed to undergo validation.

Bausa, for his part, explained that the report did not come from him personally.

Said report, in fact, was gathered from the Police Community Relations Office of the Provincial
Philippine National Police (PNP) Office in Camarines Sur where mediamen would normally get their daily police reports.

Actually, twenty towns in the province of Camarines Sur were mentioned in said report which was submitted to the PNP by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).


People from Tinambac have sounded alarm over the news of their town’s inclusion in the said list of municipalities.

On social media where the information went viral over the weekend, netizens expressed their deep concern about the news.

According to them, the ranking puts their town in a bad light, but it also gives them the opportunity to understand the real score.

Majority of the opinions blame the town officials and the police for the problem.

Many also shared their view that the supply of drugs continues to pour into the municipality, especially in the Poblacion area.


Social media groups in the other towns in the list were also in an uproar over the information.

Many called upon local officials to immediately cause the arrest of those involved in drugs.

Others also noted that ordinary citizens must cooperate with with the local government units to rid the province of the menace.

However, because of the PNP Regional Office’s strengthened campaign, it is expected that initiatives to curb the growing problem will be launched soon.

PD Bausa, for his part, has already called chiefs of police from Camarines Sur to apprehend the perpetrators of the illegal activity.

He also ordered that a regular report on the matter be submitted by the municipal police stations to his office to keep him abreast of the progress of the intensified campaign against drug abuse.

Meanwhile, in an interview by BBS-DWLV, Sipocot town mayor Rogenor Astor confirmed the presence of illegal drugs in his town. Astor also announced that his town has already strengthened a campaign against the illegal activity.

Mayor Velarde could not be reached for his comments on the matter. (With report from Oscar Esmenda)