By: Jennifer P. Rendon
A VILLAGE chief in Iloilo City is offering P10,000 cash reward to anyone persons who could finger a person selling or using illegal drugs.
But the reward will only be released if the tip leads to the successful arrest of the suspected dealer or user.
The bounty was announced through notices posted in houses at Barangay Don Esteban, Lapuz which reads, “P10,000.00 reward sa makatudlo sa mga tawo nga involved sa pagduso/paggamit sa illegal nga droga kag positibo nga madakpan.”
(P10,000.00 reward for anyone who could identify any person involved in peddling/using of illegal drugs and successfully arrested.)
Barangay Kagawad Reynaldo Brito said the reward is an initiative of Barangay Captain Rodrigo Dellomes in their campaign against illegal drugs.
Brillo said Dellomes will used his personal money for the reward.
However, the process and guidelines on the reporting of illegal drugs personalities as well as the granting of the reward remain unclear.
And this is what Police Colonel Martin Defensor, Jr., Iloilo City police chief, would also want to learn.
“We welcome their initiative. It would be a big help in the government’s campaign against illegal drugs. But at the same time, I would also want to know on how this reward system would go about,” he said.
Defensor said he wants the guidelines to be put into writing.
He already instructed Police Major Mark Evan Salvo, La Paz police chief, to coordinate with Dellomes.
Defensor said Don Esteban is the first of the 180 villages in Iloilo City to offer monetary reward to bolster the anti-illegal drugs campaign.
Don Esteban was categorized as a moderately-affected area as far as the illegal drugs trade is concerned.