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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, April 12, 2018
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Ordinance sought vs. drugs
in hotels, lodging houses


Dumaguete police chief, Supt. Jonathan Pineda, has asked the city council to legislate an ordinance requiring hotels, lodging houses, and similar establishments to monitor and report unusual and dubious activities particularly concerning illegal drugs.

However, Pineda is still awaiting a reply from the city council regarding his request made three weeks ago.

Pineda said Tuesday afternoon that he sent a letter about three weeks ago to the city council suggesting that an ordinance be passed to monitor hotels and similar establishments for possible illegal drug activities by their guests, based on the Dangerous Drugs Board Resolution No. 3.

“That is a requirement (ordinance) in the drug clearing operation,” Pineda said.

On Monday, two suspected drug personalities were arrested while several others, including minors, managed to escape as police personnel swooped down on a hotel/lodging house in Dumaguete after they were reportedly selling/using drugs in the establishment.

The suspects had rented out rooms in the hotel/lodging house and one of them was reported to have been causing some trouble, prompting the co-owner/manager of the establishment to call for police assistance.

Responding police found suspected shabu and drug paraphernalia in some of the rooms rented by the suspects.

Pineda said this is now the new trend where those engaged in the illegal drugs trade would transact business inside hotels and other lodging establishments.

The police chief said he hopes that if an ordinance is passed, these establishments will be required to monitor and report unusual and dubious activities to law enforcers.

In the event that an illegal drug transaction transpires in an establishment, and the latter is found to be uncooperative, it could be subject to closure, he said.

“What is difficult is to get the cooperation of the establishments,” hesaid.

Pineda said the establishments might not like the idea as it would affect their businesses, especially on the economic side, but he said that while the establishments may be concerned with economic losses, they should also understand that their businesses are at risk as the suspects could cause trouble, like setting a hotel on fire, as drug users use fire to consume shabu.*PNA


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