Thursday, January 12, 2017
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BACOLOD City – Negros Island Region’s No. 1 drug suspect Ricky Serenio was transferred to the police station in Talisay City, Negros Occidental yesterday.
He was in the custody of the Regional Special Operation Task Group (RSOTG) for three days. Operatives from the RSOTG arrested him on the strength of a warrant for grave coercion on Sunday.
Chief Inspector Dianne Grace Catedral, Police Regional Office 18 (PRO-18) spokesperson, said Serenio was transferred because his arrest was effected in the Talisay City police’s area of jurisdiction.
The RSOTG does not have a custodial facility in its office at Camp Alfredo Montelibano in Barangay Estefania here, Catedral said.
Meanwhile Serenio feared for his life in light of his revelation that several police officers here, among other professionals, were getting protection money from him.
He claimed to be part of the Beria drug group, which operates in Negros Occidental and this capital city.
Serenio hoped nothing bad happens to him while in the custody of the Talisay City police.
He promised to disclose all the names of his and the Beria drug group’s alleged protectors in his affidavit.
Serenio told the press he has not yet signed his affidavit because his counsel was still reviewing the details.
During his arrest, police seized from the 34-year-old resident of Barangay Singcang-Airport here a .45-caliber pistol with five bullets and a grenade.
Serenio was a “Level 3” drug suspect — someone whose operation covers a large area and who knows how to run the trade — said the PRO-18.
4 MORE SACKED
More police officers were expected to get sacked following Serenio’s revelation.
Meanwhile the Philippine National Police relieved three officials and a police noncommissioned officer from the island region over their alleged involvement in the drug trade.
Reassigned to the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao were chief inspectors Jeffrey Attunaga, Jerick Filosopo and Argel Ancheta, and Police Officer 3 Mewyn Oñas, said Catedral.
Their relief brought to 35 the number of Negros Region police officers sacked over illegal drugs since October 2016.
Filosopo was previously the PRO-18’s police-community relations chief.
Attunaga was deputy commander of the Public Safety Company and Ancheta, commander of the Mobile Patrol Group, both under the Bacolod City Police Office.
Oñas was with the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office./PN
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Negros Island Region’s No. 1 drug suspect Ricky Serenio fears for his life after ratting on his alleged protectors.