Poll campaign sorties highlight illegal drugs

GETAFE, Bohol – As the elections is approaching with three more weeks to go before May 9, Bohol United Opposition (BUO) highlighted illegal drugs proliferating and preying on children in the province.

BUO leader reelectionist Rep. Aris Aumentado cited the killing of a police chief due to drugs during the recent gathering here led by Mayor Shaun Casey Camacho of this town, considered a bailiwick that could deliver hugely to the victory of the opposition.

Earlier, a local chief executive (LCE) told Bohol News Today that the police chief got axed and transferred to another town following the arrest of a drug runner upon the alleged intervention of the Capitol official. The LCE refused to name the said official.

Another BUO stalwart vice-gubernatorial bet and senior board member Atty. Dionisio Balite did not hesitate to mention the Capitol experience sometime last year when sachets that contained positive shabu were found at the door of receiving room of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan session hall.

He said he proposed to the Capitol leadership to have all the employees drug tested. But his request fell on deaf ears. Only few undertook drug test and found some were positive in drugs.

He hinted that refusal of the Capitol leadership under the governor to have employees undergone drug tests showed an apparent neglect of the cause.

Gubernatorial candidate Loay Mayor Rosemarie “May” Imboy said that she has been vigorous in the campaign against illegal drugs by requiring policemen to arrest pushers who invade her turf. But sad to say, she said, because everytime she urged the policemen to do arrest of suspected drug pushers, her police chief asked for transfer after just months of assignment.

There had been more than 20 police chiefs who were assigned in Loay and asked for reassignment if they fail to do their duty (to arrest drug dealers) during her almost nine years in office. She was wondering, she said.

Gov. Edgar Chatto, in his recent State of the Province Address, underscored his administration’s effort in getting rid of the illegal drugs.

Reports have it that police authorities admitted that crime commission are blamed on illegal drugs. They have noted that rape cases that are probably caused by abuse of illegal substances are on the rise.

Illegal drugs trade and use in the province is critical based on the latest Bohol Poll results.

“Three out of ten (27%) of the Boholano voters considered the use of illegal drugs to be a very serious problem while four out of ten (36%) said it is somewhat serious. Few (10%) on the other hand said that the use of illegal drugs is not a problem at all,” the survey said.

In this city, 43% of the people said that it is very serious problem while 39% said it is somewhat problem; 17, not serious; and one percent, not a problem at all.

Thirty-one (31%) in third district of the province said it’s very serious; 22% and 24% for first and second district.

Class ABC had the highest with 42% said illegal drugs is very serious while class D and E had 26% apiece.

Forty-one percent (41%) of the ABC said it’s somewhat serious and only nine and six percent for not serious and not a problem at all, respectively.

The gravity (“very serious problem”) of the illegal drugs posted eight apiece in 2012 and 2013. It soared to 15 in 2013 and to 29 in 2015, Bohol Poll said.

Holy Name University Center for Research and Publication conducted the survey interviewing 400 registered voters provincewide on March 12 to April 4, 2016, executive director Ms. Pat Espiritu said during the pblic presentation last week.

Law enforcers repeatedly said that most of the crimes committed and killings in past years and recent shooting incidents in the province were linked to illegal drugs.

“Narco and criminal politics Bohol is not just a transshipment but haven of drugs pushers and users. Drug money is suspected of being used to fund election activities of some,” minutes of the Provincial Peace and order Council dated Feb. 18, 2016 said.

It added, “The gun for hire lucrative industry proven that there are deadly assassins in the province, loose firearms and funds to finance assassinations. Drug syndicates/criminal groups want to maintain their preserve and many times political protection. They are threats to candidates openly campaign for their eradication.” (rvo)

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