Gov Wants to Probe Serenio Custody

Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday said he will seek for an investigation into the circumstances leading to the protective custody of self-confessed drug personality Ricky Serenio by two Negros mayors.

NIR IT WORKFORCE DATA. Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr. (3rd from right) welcomes Sebastian Ledesma (2nd from right) and Ian Besina (3rd from left) of Stratium Software Group, Inc. who presented a mobile application that can be used as a data gathering tool for the NIR IT workforce. Also in photo are Atty. Japhet Masculino of the Provincial Economic Enterprise Development Dept., and Cristina Orbecido and Christian Will Yugson of the Negros Occ. Language and IT Center.*(Richard Malihan / Capitol photo)

“That is highly question- able. Why should the two mayors take him into their custody?,” Marañon said.

Serenio was taken into protective custody by Moises Padilla Mayor Magdaleno Peña and his son Pulupandan Mayor Miguel Peña after the court okayed the motion.

He said he received information that Serenio “is not only threatened but also manhandled to force him to link certain personalities to the illegal drug trade.”

“Serenio should be presented to the media so that he can be questioned on the validity of his claims in his affidavit,” the Governor pointed out.

“I may file a complaint with the Department of Interior and Local Government and with Director General Ronald dela Rosa and any other agencies,” he said.

Marañon said he is “fully supporting” NOCCPO PNP Chief, Sr. Supt. William Señoron against the accusations hurled against him.

“That is highly politicized,” he said.

Meanwhile, he said he does not believe that the Negros Island Region is third in the country with the most number of drug-affected barangays.

“I refuse to accept that fact. That has to be verified. Maybe President Rodrigo Duterte was given an outdated report,” Marañon.*(Eugene Y. Adiong)