Aborlan Councilor Rafael Ortega last week denounced a recent drug buy-bust operation conducted by PNP operatives that led to the arrest of a Ramon Gresones Limsa, 33, claiming the police violated proper procedures in conducting arrests and planted evidence against the suspect.
Ortega, who admitted he is Limsa’s long-time benefactor, accused the operatives of violating the suspect’s rights and planting evidence, a sachet of shabu worth P500, to justify the arrest.
“The operation team was unjust and violent and has no respect on human rights,” Ortega said during a Council deliberation on June 9, 2017. He also claimed that members of the operating team were under the influence of alcohol during the operation.
The councilor also claimed that the evidence against Limsa was planted by the arresting police officers, insisting that the police asset who supposedly set up the suspect for the buy-bust arrived on the scene of the arrest carrying the evidence after the suspected was already apprehended.
Police Senior Inspector Favila dela Rosa, who was summoned by the municipal council for the hearing, admitted committing “some lapses” during the operation, but did not elaborate.
“Kung meron man pong lapses ‘yung operation, natural na lang po siguro na magkaganun kasi hindi po talaga mapi-perfect ang operation. Pero makasisiguro po kayo na sa mga susunod na operasyon ay hindi na po ito mauulit,” dela Rosa said.
Limsa was arrested on May 30 by a team headed by PCI Romerico Remo and supported by operatives of the Aborlan PNP.
The family of the suspect, who is currently detained at the Aborlan police station, vowed to file administrative charges against the arresting officers.
“Sigurado ‘yun, magpa-file talaga kami ng kaso. By Monday siguro meron na,” Marizza Limsa Gensole, the suspect’s sister, told Palawan News.