Cubacub chief to tap habal-habal drivers in tracking drug activities in barangay
MANDAUE CITY, Philippines — Following the discovery of seven kilos of shabu in a house in a posh subdivision last week, Cubacub Barangay Captain Almario Bihag said he plans to tap the help of habal-habal (motorcycle-fore-hire) drivers in tracking illegal drug activities in their area.
Bihag said in an interview with Cebu Daily News Digital that he wants to tap over 100 habal-habal drivers, who also live in their barangay, to be part of their Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC) auxiliary force.
He said that since habal-habal drivers roam their community, they can immediately spot the entry of new faces and monitor the presence of illegal activities in their area.
“Duna na man pud mi tulo ka mga raid nga nabuhat sa usa ka subdivision diri atong niagi. Tungod pud to sa information sa mga driver. Makahibulong man gyod na nga dunay daghan kaayo manulod og balay unya ang uban dagko kaayog hinatagan sa habal-habal, mao na nga dunay ni report ug napa-raid gyod sa Station 6 (Canduman Police Station),” Bihag told Cebu Daily News Digital.
Bihag admitted that on their own, barangay officials find it difficult to monitor activities inside subdivisions considering that these places are exclusive communities.
“Kung dinhi pa na sa gawas lang, ma monitor gyod namo kay makakita man ang mga silingan unya makabantay ka og unsa ilang gihimo, didto (inside the subdivisions) kay dili man ta maka basta-basta og sulod,” he added.
Cubacub, a hinterland barangay in Mandaue City with over 12,000 residents, has at least five subdivision developments.
The village first drew public attention when a former aid of the Parojinogs of Ozamis City was killed in a shooting incident here in September 2018.
Senior Superintendent Julian Entoma Jr., director of the Mandaue City Police Office (MCPO), said in a separate interview that they are closely monitoring the possibility that some members of the Parojinog group or the Kuratong Baleleng are now based in barangay Cubacub./dcb
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