Jailed suspected drug lord Barok sick

By: Ador Vincent S. Mayol July 14,2016 - 10:05 PM

CEBU province’s top drug personality Alvaro “Barok” Alvaro is down with a fever inside the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC).

But Dr. Henry Calledo of the Cebu Provincial Health Office found no compelling reason to bring Barok to the hospital.

Marco Toral, consultant on jail management of the Cebu Provincial government, said Calledo visited Alvaro in prison and decided to just give medicines to the high-profile inmate.

“Niingon ang doktor nga dili na siya kinahanglan dad-on pa sa ospital (The doctor said Barok doesn’t have to be brought to the hospital),” Toral said.

Barok, he said, had fever after he was arraigned before the Regional Trial Court in Danao City where he pleaded not guilty to charges of illegal possession of drugs and firearms last July 12.

Toral said Barok’s body temperature soared to 40 degrees Celsius last Tuesday and had rashes on the body.

“He told me that when he has fever, rashes brought about by allergy usually come out of his body,” he said.

The doctor had given antihistamine to Barok as medication to his allergies.

Yesterday, Toral said Barok’s body temperature had gone down to 38 degrees Celsius.

“His condition is improving although he’s still in bed to rest,” he said.

Barok’s lawyer Jonah John Ungab earlier said he intended to ask permission from the court to bring his client to the hospital if needed.

But as of noon yesterday, the lawyer said he has not filed any pleading in court yet.

Barok voluntarily surrendered to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Bohol last June 21, four days after his “friend” Jeffrey “Jaguar” Diaz was killed in what operatives of the Regional Intelligence Division of the Central Visayas Police Regional Office said was a shootout in Las Piñas City.

He told the NBI that he feared for his safety and that of his family in the wake of the death of Jaguar, the top drug personality in Central Visayas.

Barok is the source of “vital information” of the NBI as investigators find a trail inside the intricate and dangerous world of drug trade in the country.

NBI-Bohol chief Rennan Augustus Oliva is tight-lipped about Barok’s revelations, saying they are still conducting follow up investigations to validate the information relayed to them by the suspected drug lord.

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