BAGUIO CITY – A “macho dancer” and two others were caught in the act of selling the banned methampethamine hydrocloride or shabu in separate anti-illegal drug sting or buy-bust operations in the city in the past two days.
Caught while selling a sachet of shabu to an anti-illegal drug agent was Reynaldo Nuda de Castro, 28, a native of Balagtas, Batangas but residing at West Quirino Hill. A total of P27,000 worth of the illegal stuff was found in his possession when he was nabbed in a dawn sting operations along Bonifacio St. here.
Earlier, Michael Edmar Basilio, 33, alias “Ken”, a native of Kainigin, Meycauayan, Bulacan, was also arrested while selling two sachets of shabu weighing 1.3 grams valued at P18,000.00.
In another dawn operation last Thursday, policemen nabbed Jimmy Velasco Geronimo, 37, from Guimba, Nueva Ecija but residing at Cabinet Hill, here, infront of the Agrix building along Bokawkan Road while selling .85 grams of shabu worth P15,300 to a government agent.
Again at around 7AM Thursday, policemen also caught technician Alex Apao delos Santos, 32, a native of Patucannay, Tayum, Abra, selling three sachets of shabu weighing 1.5 grams valued at P27,000 to another government agent.
The “dawn arrests” may have erased the impression that policemen were behind the extra judicial killings in the city in the heels of Mayor Domogan’s expressed dismay of the negative effects of the “drug war’ killings on the image of the city as a safe vacation capital of the Philippines.
Last week, a Korean businessman was killed while his live-in partner was injured when they were ambushed by unidentified men, while they were going home at Upper Pinget barangay.
The large Korean community here howled over the businessman killing, sending ripples to the business and tourist environment in the city.
Councilor Elmer Datuin, city council chairman of the committee on tourism and special events, admitted the killing of the Korean “blotted” image of the city, but re-assured that Baguio remains a peaceful place for tourists including Koreans.
At least 20 persons have been killed in the city since July this year, most if not all, committed by unidentified assassins, while only 6 have been killed during legitimate police anti-drug operations, where suspects allegedly fought back. THOM PICAÑA/northboundasia.com