By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) acting director, Police Senior Superintendent Jack Wanky, revealed during a weekend press conference he believes the recent rise in robbery incidents is attributed to the scarcity of illegal drugs in the city.
He explained the supply of illegal drugs in Bacolod City has been substantially cut, and drug pushers and drug lords have fled amid drug raids being conducted by the BCPO.
With the lack of suppliers, one big sachet of shabu is now estimated at P35,000, Wanky noted.
“In the past, when you order in the morning, it is available by the afternoon,” the BCPO chief said. “It’s not easy to buy shabu today.”
He added, drug operators are currently hiding throughout Negros Occidental waiting for the right time to come out in the open again.
Wanky said it is this drop in the supply of drugs and the rising cost of shabu that have contributed to robbery and theft incidents.
However, in response to the chatter on the internet calling Bacolod City “unsafe,” Wanky earlier declared, “Bacolod is safe.”
“If there is an agency which can declare a security threat, whether an area is safe or not, it is the PNP (Philippine National Police),” he affirmed./WDJ