News of an uncle and his twin nephews collaboratively selling illegal drugs until they were collared by police authorities has shocked the Boholano community, sending signals that the illegal drug trade has somehow corroded traditional family values.
Now facing charges for alleged violation of Republic Act 9165, the country’s comprehensive anti-drugs law, are Quiterio Galinato Jr., 56 years old, and his twin nephews, Kyle and Kerr Zian Galinato, 20 years old, jobless, and all residents of Lindaville Subdivision in Tagbilaran City.
Police Supt. Patricio Degay Jr., chief of the Tagbilaran City Police Station, said the three men were arrested during a buy-bust operation conducted by a police team led by Senior Inspector Erano Regidor at around 11:55 pm Wednesday in Sitio Lanao, Dao District, this city.
Police seized from the suspects seven medium plastic packs containing white crystalline substance, believed to be shabu, with a street value of P23,600, and several drug paraphernalia.
In an interview, Degay told The Bohol Tribune that the elder Galinato had lured his twin nephews into the illegal drug trade without the knowledge of the latter’s parents.
The city police chief urged parents to closely monitor the activities of their siblings “because, in these days, even a loved one could drag the young ones to criminality.”
Meanwhile, on Friday, a man and his live-in partner were arrested by operatives of the City Police Station during a buy-bust operation in Bool District, Tagbilaran City, and seized from the suspects packs of shabu with an estimated street value of P590,000.
Police identified the suspects as 40-year-old Efren Castro, a resident of Tagbilaran City, and 21-year-old Roselle MharAlo, student and a native of Baclayon town.
Authorities have tagged the duo as “big-time” drug pushers in the province.
Had the suspects been married, police said, their alleged drug trade would have branded as a purely “illegal marital affair.” (Ligalig Mike)