Operatives of the Boracay Special Tourism Police Office (BSTPO) arrested a 34-year old tourist for possession of cocaine, a prohibited drug, while staying in this resort island.
Police officials identified the suspect as Nikki Araneta, a resident of Makati City.
Based on the police investigation, a police personnel accidentally caught Araneta in possession of suspected cocaine while inside the comfort room of a bar in Boracay. Araneta reportedly came out of the comfort room bringing along with her a sachet of cocaine and a drug paraphernalia.
The plastic sachet, which contains the suspected cocaine, was then sent to the crime laboratory of the Police Regional Office-Western Visayas in Iloilo City, for examination.
Araneta remains detained at the BSFO lock-up cell while police is preparing charges of violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act once the laboratory test turns positive of cocaine.
PNP-Media Relations Seminar In Aklan
A two-day Philippine National Police-Media Relations seminar was held at Camp Pastor Martelino Kalibo, Aklan on September 16-17 which aimed to foster harmonious relations between the PNP and media personnel.
Sr. Supt. Epifanio Bragais, provincial police director Police Chief Supt. Samuel Pagdilao Jr., Police Regional Director for Western Visayas, led in the seminar participated in by the local media and police information officers in 17 towns of the province.
Police from the Boracay Special Tourism Police Office also sent a delegation.
The said event was supported by the Aklan Provincial Government.
The PNP-Media relations seminar was ordered by Pagdilao to be organized in the provincial level after a successful regional conference was held in Iloilo City.
One of the highlights of the activity is the conduct of the simulation exercise to determine the capability of the local police in terms of hostage-taking and the like.
The simulation exercise harnessed partnership of police with the media in covering any given situation.
Earlier, Aklan Gov. Carlito Marquez said the Aklan provincial government, the police, media and other key stakeholders in the province would work hand-in-hand to ensure peace and order in the province.
Marquez said the cooperation among the key stakeholders in the province is needed because of the sensitivity of the tourism industry of the province.
“We want to provide impression among the tourists that we in Aklan are capable of ensuring their safety while they are in the province or in Boracay Island,” Marquez said. (PNA) /MP