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Police zero in on four Bacolod villages in anti-drug campaign

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BACOLOD CITY – The police chief here said four villages, some along the coastlines, have been identified as priority areas in the government’s intensified anti-drug campaign.

A map showing the four priority villages in the anti-drug campaign in Bacolod City. | Infographics by Richard D. Meriveles
A map showing the four priority villages in the anti-drug campaign in Bacolod City. | Infographics by Richard D. Meriveles

Police Col. Henry Biñas said Banago village tops the list of focus areas along with Villages 1, 2, and 3 that form a continuous area in the northern side here.

Biñas told DNX “focus” areas mean the police will intensify their intelligence and community relations operations in these villages.

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Police hauled at least P13 million worth of suspected shabu during various operations in Banago last year.

TOP FIVE VILLAGES IN SHABU SEIZURES. All estimates for suspected shabu seized from 9 February to 9 December 2019 by the police based on street value.

Village 1 was third in the top five list while Village 2 was fifth.

Local drug czar and operations chief, Lt. Col. Jovie Espenido, had conducted a forum in Banago two weeks ago after he issued a warning to crime groups in the city to stop their illegal operations.

Based on the 2015 census, the three villages have a combined population of 37,000 residents, most of whom live in poverty.

Convicted drug trafficker Jose Kim “Boy” Cuadra was a resident of Village 2 before he was captured and sentenced by a court in Kalibo City to a jail term of life imprisonment.

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Julius D. Mariveles
Julius D. Mariveles
An amateur cook who has a mean version of humba, the author has recently tried to make mole negra, the Mexican sauce he learned by watching shows of master chef Rick Bayless. A journalist since 19, he has worked in the newsrooms of radio, local papers, and Manila-based news organizations. A stroke survivor, he now serves as executive editor of DNX.

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