19 more drug suspects yield

Another 19 alleged drug users from Barangay Tigatto and Mandug surrendered to the Buhangin Police Precinct on Tuesday afternoon, bringing the total number of surrenderees to 31 for this month alone.

Chief Insp. Milgrace C. Driz, commander of the precinct, said Barangay Tigatto kagawad Anthony Tecson endorsed 14 drug users to them at 2 p.m.

They were identified as Francisco Songahid III, resident of Aguila Street; alias Jeffrey, 16; Irish John Arances Renegado, 29; Michael A.Mosquete, 29; Raymond L. Baptisma, 23; Daryl M. Catada, 18; Erasmo P. Bonifacio, 54; Marlon A. Mahilom, 43; Jason P.Collama, 33; Joseph B. Poyos, 36; Ryan A. Ricablanca, 33; Samuel M. Tucona; Jamer A. Abdul and Christian G. Pelenio, 24, all residents of Sitio Uyanguren in Barangay Tigatto.

Ernie Bicong, resident of Masunurin Street, Phase 5 also surrendered last Friday at 9:30 a.m.

At 10:30 a.m., Barangay kagawad Cesar Famitangko endorsed another two drug suspects identified as Roger Gonzales, 29, and Roger Ferriol Ruiz alias Arjee, 25, both residents of Purok Sta. Maria, Barangay Dumanlas.

The other surrenderees were identified as Efren Salaver Suan, 37; Lyndon Ysugan Pantaleon; Arnil Mejos Montilde, 29, all residents of San Isidro in Buhangin.

Earlier this month, seven alleged drug suspects surrendered to the station.

She said they will still monitor these surrenderees to make sure that they have already left their illegal activities.

“They will be undergoing custodial debriefing and tactical investigation,” she added.

She said the surrender was the result of their intensified campaign against illegal drugs in line with the directives of city police director, Sr. Supt. Michael John F. Dubria, and Incomign president Rodrigo R. Duterte.

In an earlier report, drug users who surrender may avail of the rehabilitation program of the city government but those with warrants will be arrested and prosecuted.

Ben Joseph Tesiorna, legal counsel of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-XI, in AFP-PNP press conference in the Davao City Police Office last week, said the mere fact that they surrender doesn’t absolve them of any culpability.

“If your name is among those listed on persons of interest in any of law enforcement agencies it does not necessarily mean that you are already absolved on whatever criminal liability,” he said.

“Even if there is no actual case being filed against you does not mean that you will not be eligible for monitoring,” Tesiorna said. “If we can prove that you went back in involvement in illegal drugs, we would apprehend you.”

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