Big fish caught; 2 police backups

Two former police back-ups of a politician are in hot water after they were found positive of illegal use of metapethamine hydrochloride locally known as shabu.

They are PO1 Nigel Electona who was arrested following a bustbust operation yesterday (Aug 10) and PO1 Arnold Sadovilla Aguilar who was found positive of use of illegal drugs during a drug test for his promotion.


Meanwhile, a suspected big fish in the proliferation of illegal drugs in Negros Oriental was arrested in Dumaguete City following a buy-bust operation past 1:15 in the morning.

City Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group headed by PSIns Romeo Cubo and intelligence chief SPO4 Dario Paquira arrested the suspect Carlos Jose Navarro y Escalante, 42 years old, single, resident of Tubod, barnagay Looc in Dumaguete City after selling one bulto of shabu to a police-poseur buyer worth P12,000.


Electona was about to be marked absent without leave (AWOL) by the Dumaguete City PNP chief Police Supt Jovito Atanacio for his failure to report to the Dumaguete police station where he was ordered to report since July 29, 2016.

Electona appeared at the Dumaguete PS on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 bringing along with him a medical certificate that he can hardly stand. But he arrived at the police station on board a motorcycle.

The following day (Aug. 10), PO1 Electona was busted in Bayawan by elements of the Provincial Intelligence Branch, Provincial Special Operations Task Group, the Bayawan city police headed by Supt Melchor Agusin and the Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office headed by PSupt Reynold Andot, deputy provincial commander for operations.

The police had acted on persistent reports about the nefarious activities of the police officer in Bayawan City. Andot said the hotel management reported that unidentified individuals, possibly drug addicts, are coming in an out of the hotel where he is staying for a long time.

Incidentally, the hotel is owned by Basay Mayor Beda Cañamaque located at Peping Gamo Street in Barangay Tinago, Bayawan City.

Atanacio said he had refused to accept Electona as one of two replacements to four officers taken out from the police station and transferred to the provincial command due to reports he is a drug user. In fact, Atanacio said he had already requested for the nullification of Electona’s assignment in Dumaguete.

Supt Andot added PO1 Electona and PO1 Aguilar had been a closein body guard of 3rd Dist. Cong. Arnie Teves since the time when he was still the village chief of barangay Malabugas, in Bayawan City but were lately replaced. Occationally, however, these police officers are requested to secure him in his visitations in the mountains, Andot said.

At the police station, PO1 Electona tried to graffle with the firearm of a police officer, but was subdued by the operatives from the provincial command.

Recovered from his possession were four transparent plastic sachets containing suspected shabu granules, one bundle of empty plastic sachets, one bundle tin foil, one pair of scissors, one piece plastic container, one bundle assorted disposable lighters, one P500 bill, one caliber 45 pistol with magazine and chamber loaded, two pieces extra magazines for Cal. 45 pistol loaded with live ammunitions, one magazine for M16 rifle loaded with 25 pieces of live ammunition, 33 other pieces of 5.56 mm live ammos, and 5 pieces cal. .380 live ammunition. (By Choy Gallarde)

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