MAYOR Oscar Moreno was sworn into his third and final office term as local chief executive on Sunday with a heavy heart, knowing that his eldest son Sean Oliver has just been arrested along with seven other members of a group accused of being major suppliers of party drugs.
The arrest of the younger Moreno and at least seven other suspects in Angeles City, Pampanga last week was reported by Manila-based media outfits as early as Sunday. Until yesterday, no one in the Cagayan de Oro media took notice that the oldest of the eight arrested suspects is Moreno’s son.
Mayor Moreno broke his silence yesterday and spoke about the pain and hurt he and his family are going through following the 43-year-old Sean’s arrest.
“As a father, my first reaction was to ensure his safety while in detention, and to provide legal support. Even if he has gone astray, Sean is still my son, whom I took very special care since his birth. I deeply regret the situation that Sean is in now,” reads part of a statement Moreno sent to the local media yesterday.
He added: “I will endlessly continue to struggle thinking about what led him to this. This is a very difficult time that Sean and the family are going through. But we have deal with this, and we pray that Sean will still have a bright tomorrow.
“Thus, in spite of the pains and hurts, I remain undeterred in believing that God will show Sean the way. And we will unqualifiedly support him.”
Inquirer.net reported on Sunday that the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency arrested Moreno and seven others for allegedly being suppliers of hallucinogens.
They were reportedly caught during a buy-and-bust operation in Angeles City last week.
Inquirer.net reported that the suspects yielded some P1 million worth of party drugs, the prescription medicine Valium and some cocaine.
Arrested with the younger Moreno were Bernice Fabiosa, Ma. Isabel Lawas, Aileen Baldon, Jamie Mendoza, Jessa Scott, Bernadeth Saavedra, and Gregorio Imperial. Most of the suspects are in their twenties except for Moreno who is 43.
The report quoted Gil Pabilona, PDEA regional director, as saying that those arrested were suspected to be among the major suppliers of party drugs.
It reported that one of the suspects allegedly sold P200 thousand worth of hallucinogen to a PDEA agent, resulting in the arrests and seizure of 310 tablets of Ecstasy, five capsules of Dimethyl Tripticase, a plastic bottle containing 100 Valium tablets, three sachets containing suspected kush, a sachet containing some 0.75 grams of cocaine and a weighing scale. (HG)