Friday, November 12, 2010

City council to pass law
Regulating Nubain sale

ABUSE of a substance called Nubain, (Nalbuphine hydrochloride) which has lately been a choice of drug users in Tagbilaran City has pushed the City Sanggunian to prepare for the enactment of an ordinance regulating the sale and distribution of the analgesic.

According to a narcotic intelligence officer at the local Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), the province of Bohol, in fact through the Sangguniang Panlalawigan is eyeing the same move to considerably lessen if not stop the abuse of the anesthetic that is not included in the banned substances under the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Since nubain is not in the list of illegal or prohibited substances, we have our hands tied in making operations against the sale and possession of the injectable drug, the narcotic agent who guested the weekly Kapihan sa PIA said.
One of the newer drugs which is classified as narcotic analgesic with less abuse potential, Nubain is a synthetic opiate developed and approved for use as hydrochloride salt in injectable form of 10 to 20 mg ampules which is not under the list of controlled or dangerous substance.
Nubain is used primarily for treating moderate to severe acute pains, the prescription drug can be easily sourced out from crooked drug dealer and pharmaceutical agent or using a doctor’s forged prescription pad, doctors shared.
At the radio forum aired live over DyTR, the narc agent who asked not to be named said the substance has emerged he third most notoriously abused substance next to shabu and marijuana.

Sourced out basically from possible drug laboratory in Ozamis City in Mindanao and coursed usually through Cebu, the metamphitamine hydrochloride gets to Bohol presumably through the ports of entry, PDEA Intelligence Offficer Steven Valles at the peace and order council meeting said. 

While shabu and marijuana have been in the list of dangerous abused drugs and users could easily be apprehended, the case of nubain is different, the drug agent at the Kapihan said.  

Bohol Chamber of Commerce and Industry has called the PDEA to confirm on the entry of nubain as another abused substance in schools, during the peace council meeting Tuesday.

Valles, who spoke for the PDEA OIC who was on an operation during the meeting said the alternative way to get to the users or pushers is to get a local ordinance passed so agents would have the legal backing when they accost nubain users.

At the Kapihan, PDEA relayed that the city has gone to the point of holding a public hearing as a requisite for the passing of the city ordinance against the substance.

Upon that same information and feeling helpless against the new substance, Governor Edgar Chatto promised he would urge the provincial sanggunian to do the same and pass a provincial ordinance regulating nubain and other dangerous substances not listed yet in the country’s banned drugs. (racPIABohol)

PDEA’s drug affectation
Report for towns asked

MOVING to get a clearer grasp of the drug situation in Bohol, the Provincial Peace and Order Council, wants the narcotics agency in Bohol to report detailed town affectation analysis.

During the recent meeting of the Provincial Peace and Order Council at the People’s Mansion, Interior and Local government provincial director Rustica Mascarinas proposed that instead of just baring accomplishments, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency also include drug affectation by towns.

Earlier, the council asked the PDEA reports to be a part of the regular PPOC briefings in efforts of the council to effectively address not just police crime situation, internal security operations and other peace related concerns but of the drug campaign situation as well.

Last Tuesday, the PDEA reported that while they have identified Ozamis City as the source of drugs distributed in Bohol, port interdictions, which could strain the supply could not be done due to the agency’s manpower problems.

Even then the PDEA, said agent Steven Valles is pushing the limits in anti-narcotic operations against identified targets while bringing their information education campaign to the schools all over Bohol, including on the spot poster making, slogan crafting essay writing contests among students.

He also added that in the pipeline is a drug detection and information gathering training for barangay tanods as well as the planned joint operations for port interdictions.

During a separate forum, an agent of the PDEA told that regardless of the amounts and quality of the drugs pushed and obtained during buy bust operations, the offense would be unbailable.

The situation is unlike a search warrant arrest, he said that only if the search team finds .5 grams can the subject be denied of bail, according to the dangerous drugs law.

Concerned over the recent observation that shabu has become easily obtainable at P500 per .005 grams pack, PDEA agents shared telltale signs that students are into the prohibited substance.

Anyone suspected of shabu use would remain awake for long periods of time, have a noticeable loss of appetite and have facial muscle twitches or spasms, the PDEA agent said.

Parents who think they have a family member who is into shabu may find tinfoils, disposable lighters, burners or tissue in the room, they should start worrying because these are signs that their wards are already on substance use, he stressed.

A .005 grams of shabu can already be shared by a group of five in a pot session, he said.

That would be something like P100 per participant, making the substance easily affordable if they chip in to but one sachet pack. (racPIABohol) 

“We can’t be choosy”
Cops say on swertres 

WHY is it that we catch only the small fish while the big fish elude?

The trick question that Loay Mayor and LMP President Rosemarie Imboy posed authorities into enforcing laws on drugs and illegal numbers game elicited varied reactions from members of the Provincial Peace and Order Council meeting Tuesday.

Camp Dagohoy police chief and PPOC regular member reasoned out that aside from the fact that cops could not be choosy on whom to apprehend, it is these small bet collectors that are more visible.

PSSupt. Constantino Barot said illegal numbers game financiers have become so discreet and would usually go great lengths to make sure no overt evidence links them to the operations.

Meanwhile, at the Talakayan Sa Isyung Pulis held in Clarin the following day, police officers in the town admit that the fact that local cops are already identified by the operators or pushers, it makes it doubly hard to get them into doing something stupid.

The issue resurfaced as the public has noted the resurgence of swertres, one that pushed people to believe that indeed, the cessation a usual happening when a new provincial director wants to make his presence felt.

PSSUpt. Baro however insisted that he has continued to issue orders to keep the town police elements in constant operations to deny swertres workers from gaining the usual confidence.

Just keep the pressure and the people will know that we are on an honest to goodness campaign to discourage those people involved to continue their operation, he said in a talk. 

Even Clarin Mayor Allen Rey Piezas has to admit that swertres has resurged in Clarin.

Clarin, he said was one of the 22 Bohol towns which earlier signed a declaration of their being  swertres free, a document signed by the mayor, local government operations officer and in some towns, including representatives from the church.

When he noticed the resurgence of the gambling in his town, he accordingly called his police chief to give the mandate anew to keep the illegal numbers game off the town.

Many people said that the illegal operations of swertres hinge on three persons, the mayor, the chief of police and the operator himself. (racPIABohol)

Bohol police keeping
fight against swertes

WHAT happens to the towns who have earlier declared illegal numbers game free and where swertres has been observed to resurge?

With the perceived resurgence of the illegal numbers game in swetres-free towns, PSSupt. Constantino Barot said Camp Dagohoy has also seen the ongoing resolve to keep on the fight.

Over this, he hinted that town leaders still deserve the due process.

At least 22 towns have declared themselves freed from illegal numbers game after new provincial director Barot assumed command at Camp Dagohoy.

The mayors, police station commanders, local government operations officer and even the church sector representatives signed the illegal-numbers game declaration.

At the media presentation of the 22 towns, PSSupt. Barot also hinted that a declaration would give police higher headquarters a clue where to start its verification as to the veracity of the declarations.

Barot hinted that as the Philippine National Police is implementing one strike policy, a similar policy would be in place to chek on the truth of the declarations.

A few days after the list was made public, the media noted the resurgence, as residents who were monitoring the anti-swertres operations saw otherwise.

On a provincial peace and order council meeting, Provincial Prosecutor Macario Delusa has hinted that the cessation could be temporary as it usually happens when a new provincial director assumes seat.

Asked if the declarations would now be used as an evidence to prosecute and determine liability of the signatories, Psupt. Barot said that several chiefs of police among the 22 towns have admitted they also noted the resurgence.

He however added that there has been incessant resolve and campaigns by those involved to rid their towns of the swertres.

Clarin Mayor Allen Rey Piezas, one of the mayors who said his town has been cleared said he has given the go signal for the police to be relentless against illegal gambling including swertres.

On this, provincial director Barot said as they have seen the new instructions to go against illegal gambling, the higher police headquarters may weigh the possibilities against legal remedies. (racPIABohol)
Police notes decreased
crime incidence in Oct.

Bohol Police SSupt. Constantino Barot said crime incidence in the month of October in Bohol has gone down considerably.
Saying this as a victory, Bohol local enforcement authorities would like to credit the intensified anti-crime campaigns and operations of law enforcement authorities.

Another military source said the intensified checkpoint operations conducted by police and military or joint tem in the enforcement of election related peace keeping efforts worked for Bohol this time.

At the Provincial Peace and Order Council Meeting today November 9, 2010 at the People's Mansion, PSSUpt Barot cited an 11.8% decrease in index crimes at 210 cases for the period.

The figures are compared to the crime volume reported on the earlier month.

A slight increase however is noted on non-index crimes at 11.6% with 67 recorded cases for the month province wide.

On the fear of possible threat groups including terrorists, Barot told the council there are none operating in Bohol, based on their intelligence networks.

Police intelligence agents however are now verifying unconfirmed reports of sparrow units hiding in Bohol, he said.

He also confirmed the presence and establishment of Bohol White Area Committee (BWAC) 1 and 2 as signs of early recovery efforts of the communist insurgents who have been driven off Bohol by its combined government and civil society anti-insurgency efforts.

Another BWAC is on the onset of establishment, military intelligence reports said. (PIABohol)

Mangrove planting weekly
Activity for Calape police

A day allotted for physical exercise in Calape town is also a nature caring day for the town police force.

According to Pinsp. Perigrino Carlon, chief of the Calape Police Station, in time for the town’s weekly Hataw execises, he takes his police force to a mangrove planting activity in Lawis of the town’s Panggangan Island.

Every Friday afternoon, we go to plant mangroves as our way of helping care for the environment, he shared to media and police officers present.

Highlighting the town’s crucial efforts to continue safeguarding and protecting their marine habitat of Bohol’s pioneering town winner in Coastal Resource Management Program, Insp. Carlon said they have also strengthened their drive against illegal fishing.

He said that on October 20, his men along with fish wardens, in the drive called Oplan Kalikasan, they apprehended three fishermen using compressors.

Cited in violation of Municipal ordinance Number 5, series of 2005, he said the suspects were apprehended and their air compressor confiscated.

The suspects also paid P2,500 fine for the compressor, according to the police chief.

At the recent Talakayan sa Isyung Pulis held at the Bohol Island State University Conference Hall in Clarin November 10, PInspector Carlon was just one of the six police stations commanders who rendered their accomplishment reports to the Boholanos through the monthly police and media interaction.

A program he took over from the Police Regional Office in Region 7, Carlon said that he thought he could bring his police into a relationship much closer to the community in Panggangan, who subsist mostly on fishing.

And because police could not be choosy on their jobs, he added that environment protection is just one of their mandates.

We continue to conduct checkpoint operations and push police visibility as much as practicable to keep criminals from coming, he said.  (racPIABohol)

Army assessment says
Polls generally peaceful

EXCEPT for some incidents of fire-arm confiscation and recovery efforts, the past barangay and Sangguninag Kabataan election was generally peaceful, according to top military official here.

Lt. Colonel Romeo Brawner, then Philippine Army spokesperson and now 2nd Special Forces Batallion Commander said during the recent Provincial Peace and Order Council meeting held at the Governor’s and now the People’s Mansion November 9, 2010. 

Brawner, who detailed the establishment of the Bohol Joint Security Council comprised of the local Commission on Elections, the police and the military hinted that the joint efforts may have been effective in curbing criminality and election related offenses.

On the meatime, Bohol PSSUpt. Constantino Barot said that from the period of September 25 until October 23, the joint council and their teams came up with 173 checkpoints and even went on to field female mobile teams in malls and big city shopping establishments to make police presence felt.

On his part, Lt. Col Brawner, who spoke for Col. Alan Luga said 669 Philippine Army officers and Men, including paramilitary groups and their encamped men were called to duty during the period.

He added that the army was in at least 136 polling places that have been pre-identified as critical areas, secured vital installations in Bohol and organized four quick response teams against any eventuality.

The whole period also, the army has organized at least 18 patrol operations, Brawner said.

Tpolice special forces team also did the same thing and one of their teams chanced upon a gun-carrying man in Sitio Talisay, barangay Cagauitan, Dagohoy town on the even of elections.

Police accosted a certain Gerry Oripaypay for possession of a magnum .357 caliber pistol, which he allegedly tossed when he realized the police elements were on him.

The handgun had 8 live ammunition, police sources said. (PIABohol) 

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