Police drug sting fails to nab ex-mayor’s son

TWO PERSONS were arrested in a police buy-bust operation in Jaro, Iloilo City, evening of Sept 12, 2018.

However, members of the PNP Regional Drug Enforcement Unit (RDEU)-6 failed to arrest the target personality.

Clint Soliva, son of the late Mayor Nilo Soliva of Remedios Romualdez town in Agusan del Norte, was not around during the buy-bust operation.

Instead, RDEU-6 operatives collared Rosalie Gellanga, 27; and Ryan Constantino, 39, of Barangay Oñate-De Leon, Mandurriao, Iloilo City.

Gellanga was Soliva’s live-in partner while Constantino was allegedly his runner.

Senior Insp. Kenneth Bermejo, RDEU-6 team leader, said they transacted with Soliva over the phone but the latter allegedly did not arrive at the agreed time and place.

Instead, Constantino showed up.

Bermejo said Constantino later led the undercover police agents to Soliva’s house at Bankers Village in Barangay Quintin Salas, Jaro where he would get the supply. Gellanga allegedly handed the sachet of shabu to the police poseur-buyer.

Gellanga claimed that Soliva was in Manila.

“We suspected that he was in Manila to get the supply,” Bermejo said.

The operating team recovered 8 sachets of suspected shabu worth P50,000 and the P5,200 marked money.

“We believe that’s the last of their supply of shabu, that’s why Soliva went to Manila,” Bermejo said.

Police suspected he brought the contraband to Iloilo through roll on-roll off (ro-ro) ships.

During the operation, Joely Develos was arrested after two firearms and ammunition were taken from his rented place inside the Soliva family compound.

Develos, who claimed to be an employee of Department of Justice’s Parole and Probation Administration, was tightlipped when he asked if he owned the firearms.

Bermejo said they were led to Develos’ abode after Constantino ran there when he was about to be arrested.

Constantino and Gellanga would be charged for violation of Republic Act 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002) while Develos would be charged for violation of RA 10591 (Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act).

Bermejo said they are still studying possible charges for Soliva.

Soliva’s family, with Nilo at the helm then, was known in Iloilo for being gambling capitalists.

The family has other businesses such as taxi services and entertainment joints.

 

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