Police chief vows to rid Iloilo of drug suspects

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ILOILO CITY: Acting chief of police Senior Supt. Remus Canieso said he is ready to resign if all the 150 illegal drug personalities are not neutralized and arrested before the end of this year, a deadline given by incoming President Rodrigo Duterte.

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From May 19 to June 24, 2016, a total of 15 illegal drug personalities considered high-value targets were neutralized and arrested by legitimate police operations within the city.

However, Canieso said their operations are not enough, and that they have to double their efforts to stem the proliferation of illegal drugs in the city in coordination with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the provincial police office.

The drug list includes two women drug pushers, but does not include two personalities, allegedly killed outside the city, and two others who surrendered recently. All four were included in the list submitted by the Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC).

PDEA Regional Director Paul Ledesma earlier reported that Iloilo City is one of the three local government units (LGUs) in the country least affected by illegal drugs, with only 4.2 percent of the population using drugs or into the drug trade.

Canieso said they will target the reduction of the illegal drug trade, with strict monitoring of seaport entry points in the city in coordination with other law enforcement agencies.

Arrested drug personalities since the operation began in the first week of May until June 23 are Reynaldo Oro of Barangay Desamparados, Jaro; Arsenio Diocareza Jr. of M.H. del Pilar, Molo; Nick Torreta of Barangay Sooc, Arevalo; Cornelio Bayona of Barangay Sto Niño Norte, Arevalo; Jofre Huyo of Mandurriao; Felesisimo Desaca of Barangay Boulevard, Molo; Jerry Boy Omega of Barangay Santo Niño Calaparan, Arevalo; Jonathan Atanacio of Barangay Rizal Estanzuela in the city proper; Laurence Correa of Tacas, Jaro; Arnaldo Soliman of Barangay Muelle Loney, city proper; Orlan Huertas of Simon Ledesma, Jaro; and Gerard Antalan of Pali Benedicto, Mandurriao. One Mark Saludes voluntarily surrendered to authorities.

The two arrested women pushers are Liza Mola and Rosie Amuan, both of Barangay Rizal, La Paz.

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