HANDS OFF Gov tells arrested son: Take responsibility for your actions

Davao Oriental governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang (File Photo)

Davao Oriental governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang on Thursday said he is saddened by news of the arrest of his son Jossone Michael Dayanghirang in a buy-bust operation in Davao City the day before but heaved a sigh of relief after knowing that he is safe and alive.

In a press statement posted on the Province of Davao Oriental Facebook page, Governor Dayanghirang said the 32-year old alias Johnson, who was born out of wedlock, must take responsibility for his actions as he is already of age.

“We must always take responsibility for our actions,” the governor said.

“Isip ginikanan, gikasubo nako ang maong panghitabo. Bisan pa niini, dako ang akong pasalamat nga siya nadakpang buhi aron siya manubag sa iyang binuhatan ug aron aduna pay higayon nga siya magbag-o (As a parent, I am saddened by the turn of events. However, I am still grateful that he was arrested alive so that he can answer for his actions and have a chance to reform),” Dayanghirang said in the statement.

He said Jossone, whom he had not seen in six years, did not grow up under his watch but with his mother. He said he learned of the younger Dayanghirang’s involvement in illegal drugs and sent the latter twice to a drug rehabilitation facility. 

After undergoing rehabilitation twice, the governor said he took Jossone to Manila during his term as first district Representative of Davao Oriental.

“Kini aron masiguro nako nga mahilayo siya sa mga dili maayong impluwensya ug sya mabag-o gayud (This is to ensure that he will be away from bad influences and for him to reform),” he said. “Apan luyo sa akong paningkamot, nagpadayon siya sa iyang bisyo nga dili maayo–hinungdan na nagkabuwag mi (Despite my earnest efforts, he still went on with his bad vices and that is why we parted ways).”

Dayanghirang said his son has to face the consequences of his actions and answer the charges against him.

He congratulated the law enforcers “for a job well done and for properly imposing the law.”

Police arrested Jossone and Rojhel Abear Sanchez in a drug buy-bust operation on Wednesday afternoon.

The suspects were arrested by a Joint Intelligence Team of Toril Police Station together with Intelligence Branch of the Davao City Police Office at around 4:00 p.m. of May 8 inside Room 11 Jasmine Blooms Apartelle, University Avenue in Juna Subdivision, Talomo District. 

According to the police report, recovered from the suspects were the following:

1) One(1) pc square small-sized sachet (buybust item) , 

2) two (2) big square size sachets (sako), 

3) one (1) medium-sized square sachet, 

4) three (3) small elogated plastic sachets-

All the above items were found to be containing white crystalline substance believed to be shabu with an approximate total weight of 13 grams and an estimated street value of P 208,000. 

5) and one (1) glass tube with suspected shabu residue with one aluminum foil strip, one pc improvised aluminum tooter and green diaposable lighter with improvised needle; 

Also recovered were non-drug items including:

1) one (1) unit of cellular phone  (samsung), black pouch, 

2) and one 500 peso bill (genuine) and one counterfiet 500 bill and two 1000 peso bills used for marked money and boodle money. 

According to the police report, the police poseur buyer was able to buy one square small-size of plastic sachet containing crystalline substance believed to be shabu from Dayanghirang and subsequently recovered the abovementioned suspected drugs items from his possession and control.

On the other hand, Sanchez, alias Ivan, was caught in the act sniffing shabu using the above mentioned drug paraphernalia near the place of the drug transaction. 

The two suspects and the confiscated contraband items are presently under the custody of PS8 while a criminal case is being prepared for filing in Court.