City Hall job hire, pal nabbed in drug sting 

By Jennifer P. Rendon 

A casual worker of the Iloilo City government and his friend were arrested following a police anti-narcotics operation early evening of April 26, 2022 in La Paz, Iloilo City.

Arrested were Jerson Sonon, 37, of Zone 7, Barangay Buntatala, Jaro, Iloilo City and Reydan Eribal, 38, of Zone 2, Barangay Caingin, La Paz district.

Sonon is purported to be working for the Iloilo City government’s Task Force Anti-Squatting and Illegal Structures (ASIS) while Eribal also used to work for the city government.

Members of the Regional Police Drug Enforcement Unit 6 (RPDEU-6) and the Iloilo City Police Station 2 arrested the duo after they allegedly conspired to sell a sachet of suspected shabu for P7,000.

Arresting police officers recovered six sachets of suspected shabu, the marked money, P1,020 cash, a Mio motorcycle, a mountain bike, and several non-drug items.

Lieutenant Colonel Mark Anthony Darroca, RPDEU-6 chief, said the seized drugs had a standard value of P68,000.

Darroca said that a concerned citizen tipped them about the suspects’ activity.

“That’s why, even though they are considered as street level pushers, we have to immediately act on it,” he said.

The two suspects were monitored for two months prior to their arrest.

Darroca said Sonon and Eribal had no previous arrests.

The two suspects are now detained and will be charged for violation of Republic Act 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002).