Cebu apartment owners cautioned

Published November 19, 2018, 4:29 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Calvin Cordova

CEBU CITY – Barangay officials were advised to come up with mechanisms that will regulate the operations of boarding houses and apartments and closely screen tenants.

(photo courtesy of Cebu City Police Office facebook page / MANILA BULLETIN)
(photo courtesy of Cebu City Police Office facebook page / MANILA BULLETIN)

Senior Supt. Royina Garma, chief of the Cebu City Police Office, gave this advice after a 25-year-old man was caught keeping 1.3 kilograms of suspected shabu worth P39 million in his rented apartment in Barangay Tisa.

“The barangays should have an ordinance where owners of apartments can properly identify their tenants. Because this suspect that we arrested is unemployed and yet he was able to rent an apartment for P10,000 a month and he also has a car. If you are the owner of the apartment, you should be suspicious,” said Garma.

The CCPO chief was referring to Jeffrey Jade Cabaron, who was arrested in a buy-bust operation past 1 a.m. last Sunday.

“Landlords should be more cautious when accepting tenants. And if they notice something suspicious, they must coordinate with the police right away,” said Garma.

Cabaron had been staying in the apartment for a month. He refused to comment on his arrest.

Garma said Cabaron is considered a high-value target in the police drug watch list.