ROXAS City, Capiz – A member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) of Capiz questioned the drug buy-bust operation conducted by the Provincial Drug Enforcement Unit (PDEU) of the Capiz Police Provincial Office (CPPO) Wednesday evening outside the cockpit arena in Barangay Tanza here.
SP member Roberto Ignacio said the PDEU did not coordinate with the village officials of Tanza led by his wife, Punong Barangay Linda Ignacio, before the buy-bust was conducted against Reynaldo Aringo, 56, a cockfighting “llamador” or bet taker and a resident of Punta Tabuc village here.
Ignacio also questioned the way PDEU operatives arrested Aringo who allegedly yielded three sachets of suspected shabu and the P1,000 marked money.
He also asked why the operatives led by Chief Inspector. Hilbert Gervero mounted the buy-bust operation outside the cockpit and not at suspect’s house.
Despite the explanation of Gervero regarding the role of the village officials and members of the media, Ignacio ignored him and told his wife not to sign the inventory of raid.
Linda had no recourse but to obey her husband.
Ignacio also listed the names of the PDEU members as he is contemplating to report the incident to the higher PNP command.
Meanwhile, charges for violations of Republic Act 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002) are being readied against Aringo who is presently detained at the lock-up cell of the Roxas City police station.