lim Alleged drug group leader Rene Lim (center) with Cauayan Vice Mayor John Rey Tabujara and Chief Inspector Arnold Mesias.*

Cops nab No.1 target
on Neg. Occ. drug list

The long arm of the law finally caught up with Rene Lim, an alleged leader of an organized drug group operating in southern Negros, with his arrest yesterday by the police in Sitio Pasalan, Brgy. Caliling, Cauayan town.

Lim, who also ranked number one in the target list of drug personalities in Negros Occidental, has two pending arrest warrants for violation of Sections 5 and 11 of RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Drug Act of 2002. No bail was recommended by Kabankalan Regional Trial Court Judge Rodney Magbanua, Chief Inspector Arnold Mesias, Cauayan police officer-in-charge, said yesterday.

Like thousands of self-confessed traders and users who surrendered to the authorities in Negros Occidental, Mesias said Lim fears for his life, following the pronouncement of President Rodrigo Duterte to neutralize all those engaged in the illegal drug trade. moremoremore

13 gov't workers
among surrenderees

There are now 13 local government employees hooked on drugs, who have surrendered to the police, along with more than 1,800 others, as of yesterday, in Negros Occidental alone, police records show.

Ten of the 13 are employees of the Murcia municipal government, and three of Toboso, Senior Inspector Lawrence Gerald Bathan, Murcia police chief, and Chief Inspector Robert Mansueto, Toboso police chief, disclosed yesterday.

The Philippine National Police yesterday rallied self-confessed drug peddlers and users who surrendered to the police, to invoke citizen's arrest, in apprehending those who continue to entice them, either to sell or use prohibited drugs. moremoremore


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NORPPO looks into reports
of officials linked to drugs

Senior Supt. Nestor Tiempo, the newly-assumed director of the Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office, will implement “Oplan Wagtang” to intensify further the campaign against illegal drugs.

In the turnover of command ceremony in Bacolod City yesterday, Tiempo said his action plan “Oplan Wagtang” means “Wagtangun natu ang mga criminals, wagtangun natu mga drug lords, wagtangun natu ang mga police scalawags (Let us eliminate criminals, drug lords and police scalawags).”

Tiempo said he has to be aligned with the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte in suppressing criminality and illegal drugs in three to six months. .