Thursday, July 2, 2015

Nabua: Cam Sur shabu capital?

NAGA CITY— “Yes, I am aware about the drug problem in my hometown.” This is the statement of Senior Supt. Walfredo G. Pornillos, Director of the Camarines Sur Provincial Police Office when interviewed by BICOL STANDARD on the intelligence report that Nabua town is now tagged as the drug capital of Camarines Sur, and is emerging as the staging area of the illegal trade of methamphetamine hydrochloride, known locally as shabu.


A native of Nabua, Pornillos was installed as the Provincial Director earlier this year.

He said he has already ordered the police to wage an all-out war against the proliferation of illegal drugs.

“In fact, I told them to put behind bars anyone involved in the illegal drug trade,” he said, “even if they are my relatives or friends.”

In recent weeks, at least two of the apprehended drug suspects here share the Provincial Director’s name.

These include a certain David “Dayuto” Pornillos, Jr. y del Pilar, who is said to be a close relative of the Provincial Director, and Noli “Nono” Portacio y Pornillos of Sagrada, Baao, Camarines Sur.

David “Dayuto” Pornillos was arrested in a raid at a resort in barangay San Nicolas. Found in his possession were some 400 grams of a substance believed to be shabu, among other drug and non-drug items. He had long been on the watch list of suspected drug suppliers and was allegedly involved in the drug trade in Valenzuela City, in Metro Manila.

The police said he operated locally in Nabua, Camarines Sur; Legazpi City, Albay, and other towns in Southern Luzon.

On the other hand, Noli “Nono” Protacio y Pornillos, who was suspected of being a bigtime supplier of shabu in Iriga City, was collared after a buy-bust operation in Barangay Sta. Cruz, Iriga City.

Staging area

Meantime, other local drug peddlers who have been arrested boast of connections with law enforcement personnel as well as officials of the local government unit.

Reports reaching BICOL STANDARD suggest that several government officials are on the long payroll of people involved in the illegal drug trade, but this has yet to be confirmed.

Insiders who claim to be close to intelligence operatives believe that Nabua is now the major staging ground of the illegal drug trade.

From Nabua, the prohibited substance is distributed to Iriga City, Baao, Bato, Bula, Buhi, and other nearby towns.

According to an earlier police report, numerous drug peddlers have been netted in the aforementioned towns and city since they started their intensified anti-drug operations.

They noted, however, that in Nabua, drug traders have been caught in possession of relatively larger-sized packets of shabu.

These larger sachets are later repacked for distribution to local buyers.

A ranking official of the PNP in Legazpi City revealed to BICOL STANDARD that the supply of drugs in Bicol comes from the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City, according to their intelligence reports.

A PNP intelligence operative member who requested not to be named added that they have been closely monitoring the movements of the suspects in the local drug trade.

Actions

Alarmed at these developments, Senior Supt. Pornillos ordered Senior Inspector John Murray Cutaran, Officer-in-Charge of Nabua Municipal Police Station to strictly enforce the anti-drug law.
Cutaran, for his part, said their office has recently received information pinpointing those responsible for the proliferation of illegal drugs in Nabua.

Other members of civil society have also been calling the attention of the local officials to take action on the burgeoning drug problem.

Just last week, anti-crime watchdog Citizen’s Crime Watch Regional Chairman Diego L. Magpantay sent a letter to Mayor Delia Simbulan to inquire whether the local government unit has any anti-drug campaign.

In the June 21 letter, Magpantay referred to reports that he said filtered to their office regarding Nabua becoming the province’s major drug hotspot. He said their office would be glad to have a copy of the local government unit’s plans, in light of the recent murder incident of a high school student.

Said incident, he said, has been attributed to the spread of illegal drugs in the area.

Mayor Simbulan’s office has since acknowledged receipt of the letter. However, as of press time, the local chief executive has not issued a reply either to the media or to Magpantay.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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