FRONTPAGE
Shabu now costs at P11,000 per gram!


While before it was sold like any ordinary item in the market , shabu today, the dreaded prohibited and illegal drug is now hard to find, and has in fact increased its demand price for those desperately in need.

From P1,000 to P2000 per gram (see photo compared to thumb size) shabu according to intelligence community now commands a price of whooping P11,000 per gram, almost as expensive as gold itself.

This sudden scarcity of the supply is definitely an effect of the government’s crackdown on illegal drug trade.

Not only has the enforcers doubled its efforts, City Chief of Police Sr/Supt Jovy Atanacio said that suppliers are on the run and users are watching their backs because they can get reported anytime and arrested if they do not surrender. They have already been reported by their neighbors to the police.

In Dumaguete some 691 have surrendered as self confessed users or pushers, 46 have been arrested since July and cases filed while five (5) have been killed for allegedly resisting arrest.

Those “resisting arrest” do not have witnesses as they are killed. No details, no police report have been made public on how the victims resisted arrest. Authorities were urged to bring credible witnesses during raids, who will attest to those who were killed because of resisting arrest.

ALL COURTS

All regional trial courts have been directed by the Supreme Court this week to take cognizance of drug cases on top of those handled by the local drugs court Branches 30 and 36 under Judges Cresencio Tan and Joseph Elmaco.

The family court and the two existing drug courts are exempt from taking in more drug cases.

SCHOOLS & DORMS

Meanwhile this university town of Dumaguete will be subjected to the second level of Oplan TokHang. This time, schools private and public and dormitories and boarding houses will be “visited” by the police advising its residents to voluntarily surrender if they are users or pushers before they will be arrested in the next wave of operation.

Several names have already been reported by both their land lords, landladies, matrons, dorm managers, who were requested to submit names of possible users.

As a university town, the academic community is requesting that authorities will have to bring credible and impartial witnesses like human rights advocates and women’s gender watch people when conducting raids and TokHang visits.

DOUBLE BARREL ALPHA

Dumaguete has so many boarding houses and bachelors pads which will also be subject to Oplan Tokhang “Double Barrel Alpha” stage.

Likewise, plush subdivisions will also be visited, and given notices of advice to avoid using drugs.

Tricycle drivers were also given warning amidst reports that there are several tricycle drivers who are drug users if not pushers.

TWO PERSONS were convicted for life by Judge Cressencio Tan for violating the laws on illegal drugs. (read the story elsewhere in this issue.)

Henceforth all courts will be handling drug cases, according to a Supreme Court directive, except the family court.

Many of those 7000 self confessed users and pushers in the towns reportedly have gone back to the vice since there is yet no rehabilitation program in force. But if they go back to their vices, with their records already in the police, they will just be picked up, charged and detained. Some are detained in jail for years before trial.

There is one provincial drug rehab center in Talay owned by a private foundation and funded by the provincial government in part.


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