A police officer nabbed in a buy bust operation Wednesday evening in Barangay Obrero will face criminal charges for violating the Dangerous Drug Act of 1972.Police Regional Office (PRO) 11 regional director Police BGen Marcelo Morales, during the media presentation of the suspects held in the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) on Thursday, assured that Police Staff Sergeant Elcelito Macarandan Colita, designated in Marilog District, will face criminal charges apart from being relieved from the Philippine National Police (PNP).
The Drug Enforcement Team of Talomo Police Station in coordination with Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) 11 nabbed Colita who was arrested with with Glen Art Laurel Moring for selling “shabu” to a poseur buyer during the buy-bust operation conducted on Wednesday. The suspects were apprehended by the authorities along St. Barrio Obrero in front of University of Southeastern Philippines (USEP) Campus at around 8:40pm.Morales said Colita was considered the protector of Moring during the transaction.
“Bale ito si Colita yung tumatanggap ng pera,” said Morales. Morales divulged that Moring, who is included one of the watch lists of the PNP, was originally the target of the buy-bust operation.PDEA 11 regional director Antonio Rivera, however, clarified that the two suspects are not included in their watch lists.
Morales, meanwhile, said DCPO personnel department chief Police Major Peter Jhon Moring, brother of the other suspect, was also relieved from his post.”Nasa floating status pa siya ngayon. Titingnan natin kung may involvement ba siya sa mga ginagawa ng kapatid niya,” Morales said, The regional director also revealed that Police Major Moring was aware of the illegal activities of his brother and failed to take the action.
“Sabi nya pinag sasabihan nya yung kapatid nyan paulit-ulit but verbal advice is not enough,” Morales said.According to Talomo Police Station commander Police Major Ronald Lim Lao, Moring was long been monitored as he already apprehended before with the same charge.”Nadakpan na ni si Moring sa una sa Bunawan. Nakagawas lang kay nag pa bail bond pero human sa ka dugay namo ug monitor sa iyaha, ning balik lang gihapon,” Lao said.
DCPO director Police Colonel Alexander Tagum, on the other hand, reminded the station commanders to ensure that no PNP personnel is involved in illegal drugs.