Navotas police chief calls slum area ‘hell,’ haven of criminals
MANILA — A ranking police colonel has described a slum area inside the government-run Navotas Fish Port as a haven of criminals, where felons could easily hide and which law enforcers had a hard time penetrating.
“It’s like hell,” said the Navotas chief of police, Senior Supt. Dante Novicio in describing the slum area commonly called as Market 3.
Last Thursday, more than 100 cops swooped down on the area and arrested 13 people who were believed to have been involved in illegal drugs.
“The criminals know they’re safe there because authorities could hardly penetrate it,” he said.
During the simultaneous operation, John Erwin David died in a shootout with cops who were serving a warrant for his arrest for drug peddling.
Novicio described the place inside Barangay North Bay Boulevard North as cave-like hell. “It was dark and hard to penetrate. We even held the operation on noon time because it’s dangerous at night,” he told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
Of those arrested, three were held for peddling illegal drugs, five were nabbed for possession of shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride), while the five others were caught in the act of sniffing shabu.
All suspects were living in shanties and hovels in Market 3 inside the fisheries complex, Novicio said.
Cops swooped down on them past Thursday noon in an operation dubbed as one time, big time ,where cops aim to arrest as many law offenders as possible, including those with standing warrants of arrest.
Novicio identified those charged for possession as Jun Roxas, Frederick Tolda, Wilson Tamayo, Ruben Custodio and Dante Tolentino.
Arman Andaya, Michael Devibar, Robert Lim, Evangeline Sodario, and Jericho Repolya were those allegedly caught sniffing shabu during the operation.
Sodario will also be charged for maintaining a drug den because they were caught inside her house.
Virgilio Bautista, Raymart Crehencia, and Norbie Mercado will face charges for drug pushing. SFM
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