Engr, pal charged over illegal drugs

BY FELIPE V. CELINO

ROXAS City — An engineer and his colleague were criminally charged the other day for illegal drug pushing.

Engr. Julius Marfin, 38, and Mark Donato, 32, were arrested during a buy-bust operation inside the Capiz Lodge on Plaridel Street here on Friday last week.

Charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 and illegal possession of firearms were filed against the suspects before the City Prosecutor’s Office, according to Supt. Kashmir Disomangcop, Roxas City police chief.

Marfin is from Brgy. Lanot here while Donato is a resident of Bgry. Salocon, Panit-an town.

During the buy-bust, police recovered from the suspects eight plastic sachets of metamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu), 12 empty sachets, two units of mobile phones, three lighters, one caliber .38 revolver and a motorcycle.

Disomangcop said the Philippine National Police Crime Laboratory in Iloilo City positively identified the recovered substance as illegal drugs.

He said the suspects have been under police surveillance long before the buy-bust operation.
The two, he added, were considered “elusive pushers” who would use hotels or lodging houses in drug trade.

Before the buy-bust operation, the suspects — together with a woman — checked in the lodge, police said.

Also recovered from Marfil was the P500 marked money, while the .38-caliber revolver with live ammunitions were recovered from Donato, said the police.

Marfil, a former employee of the Capiz provincial government, and Donato are currently detained in the lockup cell of the Roxas City Police Station./PN

Tourism officers discuss 
preps for nat’l convention

ROXAS City — Officers and members of the Organization of Tourism Officers of Capiz (OTOC) yesterday held a meeting to plan its tourism-related activities this year.

Among the agenda were the initial preparations for the upcoming 12th Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines national convention in Capiz in October this year, Provincial Tourism Officer Alphonsus Tesoro said.

The group also reviewed its strategic direction for 2011 and had a fellowship after the meeting.

OTOC is currently led by Pontevedra town tourism officer Dr. Jinky Lynn Contreras as president.

In her inaugural message, Contreras said the organization is committed to help each of the local government units as partner in the development and marketing of Capiz’s tourism potentials.

Other officers along with Contreras were:
* Norma Chavez (Jamindan), vice-president
* Teresita Argame (Pilar), secretary
* Frederick Oleo (Sapi-an), treasurer
* Helen Diocera (Panit-an), business manager
* Wilson Dalid (Dao), public relations officer, and
* Rolly Miguel (Sigma), auditor.
Other tourism officers inducted as OTOC members were:
* Roland Aguirre (Roxas City)
* Ma. Jane Gardose (Tapaz)
* Leah Gialogo (Dumalag)
* Jocelyn Mayo (Cuartero)
* Michelle D. Duronio (Maayon)
* Marilyn Bebar (President Roxas)
* Mary Antonnete Delgado (Panay), and
Zenaida Langgurayan (Mambusao).

The group was established to muster the support of the municipalities in pushing tourism. (A. Lumaque/PIA/PN