By EDWIN IYO
GINGOOG City — Police pressed charges against a Sanggunian Kabataaan chairman who was arrested during an entrapment here last week.
Officials identified the suspect as 24-year-old Renato Mejorada, leader of the youth council of Barangay Daang Lungsod in this city.
Authorities said Mejorada, allegedly a “Level 1 High-Value Target” of the police, was arrested Monday for two sachets of suspected shabu.
Police said they also seized from the suspect P1 thousand, the money supposedly used in a buy-and-bust operation.
Capt. Marilyn Pimentel said Mejorada, who was detained by the police, has been charged with violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act the day after his arrest.
Gingoog Mayor Erick Cañosa expressed disappointment with Mejorada even as he lauded the local police under Col. Ariel Philip Pontillas for arresting the SK chairman.
Cañosa said city hall would not be soft on local officials involved in illegal drug activities even as he warned that others would be arrested, too.
Misamis Oriental’s SK Federation president, provincial board member Kerwin Soldevilla, also expressed disappointment. He said other SK officials in the province should learn a lesson from what happened to Mejorada.