By Ben Serrano
With random drug testing by the Department of Education for students and school personnel draw near, another public school teacher allegedly involved in drugs fell into the hands of the authorities last Sunday.
Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Caraga spokesperson Dindo Abellanosa identified the arrested drug suspect as Paulo Sulapas Alfante, 36, a high school teacher of Anomar National High School in Barangay Anomar, Surigao City.
Abellanosa said Alfante was among six suspected drug personalities who were arrested when anti-drug operatives swooped down on a suspected drug den in Barangay Taft, Surigao City on Sunday.
The five other suspects were identified as Leonel Eder, 32, Alan Caday, 33, Jufre Comandante, 34, Carl Lloyd C. Apillanes, 18, and a minor.
Authorities seized 13 plastic sachets of shabu weighing 25 grams with an estimated street value of around P125,000.00 and other drug paraphernalia from the suspects
Alfante, together with his cohorts, are facing a complaint for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act specifically for sale of dangerous drugs, maintenance of a den, possession of dangerous drugs, apparatus and other paraphernalia.
It can be recalled that after the first drug arrest of a school principal in Agusan del Sur November 24, 2016, another public school teacher this time a math teacher also from Agusan del Sur was also arrested January 3, 2017.
Then series of anti-illegal drugs arrests netted other school teachers in Caraga, three from Surigao del Norte and another one, an elementary public school teacher in Las Nieves.