‘I don’t sell drugs’
THE sister of the 38-year-old suspected drug pusher who was killed in a police operation last Nov. 25 voluntarily presented herself to the police on Monday, wanting to clear her name amid allegations that she was a drug pusher.
Jocelyn Rondina, 42, said, “Kon namaligya pa ko og drugs, wala na lang unta ko namaligya ron og uling (If I am peddling illegal drugs, I should not have been selling charcoal now to earn a living),” she told CDN.
Because no prohibited drugs were recovered from Rondina’s possession when she turned herself over to the police, she was allowed to go home after her profile was taken.
Jocelyn, the oldest of eight siblings, was the subject of a search warrant issued by Judge Wilfredo Navarro of the Regional Trial Court in Cebu City on accusations of illegal possession of drugs.
She was not around when the police served the search warrant in the house of her live-in partner Rewel Villanueva in Barangay Tejero last Nov. 25.
Villanueva and their 21-year-old son Francis John were arrested after they were allegedly caught in possession of shabu during the raid.
Seized from Rewel and Francis John were about P300,000 worth of shabu and assorted drug paraphernalia.
Francis John was also caught in possession of a .45 caliber gun with live bullets.
Charges for violating Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, particularly for possession of shabu, were filed against the two suspects before the Cebu City Prosecutors’ Office yesterday.
Since the prohibited drugs taken from the suspects weighed over five grams, the offense is non-bailable.
About three hours before the operatives searched Jocelyn’s house, her brother, Gener Rondina, was killed in what police said was a shootout at Gener’s house in Barangay Carreta.
Gener died of multiple gunshot wounds on the body.
He and Jocelyn are among the eight children of retired policeman, SPO4 Generoso Rondina.
The 62-year-old father on Monday requested the Commission on Human Rights to look into the death of his son, saying Gener was intentionally killed by the police.
Jocelyn clarified that she was not hiding when the police went to their house in Barangay Tejero.
“Wala ko didto niadtong gabhiona kay diri man ko natulog sa among karaang balay sa Carreta. (At the time they raided my house, I was not there because I decided to sleep at our ancestral home in Carreta),” she said.
Jocelyn said she rushed to the house of Gener when she learned about his brother’s death.
Meanwhile, five suspected drug pushers were nabbed in separate operations in Talisay City and Liloan, which netted around P90,000 worth of illegal drugs.
Arrested in Barangay Bulacao, Talisay City last Monday afternoon were Cresencio Gabuya, 29, of Ward 3, Barangay Poblacion, Minglanilla who was the subject of the buy-bust operation led by SPO3 Rolando Andales of Talisay City police station.
Gabuya’s alleged cohorts identified as Luisito Bacus and Rocci Fausal were also arrested.
Recovered from Gabuya were 13 small sachets believed to contain shabu. Two small sachets were recovered from Bacus while a a medium-sized plastic pack was taken from Fausal.
In Liloan, police arrested a certain Rhe Pugoy, 35, an automotive mechanics student, and Raymart Saceda.
Confiscated from the suspects during the operation were 12 small sachets containing shabu worth P8,000.
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