It began with the drug lab: Sarmiento hurt by Catanduanes ‘controversies’

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Catanduanes Rep. Cesar Sarmiento can’t help but be saddened by the successive “controversies” that have struck his beloved island province.

That latest heartache to befall Sarmiento is the murder of local businessman-politician Larry “Uktoy” Que.

“I strongly condemn this dreadful act of violence. Whatever motivation for such dastardly act against Mr. Que cannot justify violence against any person. Ano man po ang dahilan, walang makakapagbigay tama sa pag agaw ng buhay ng isang tao,” the politiko was quoted by the Bicol Standard as saying Tuesday, December 20.

A day earlier, Que was gunned down by motorcycle-riding assailants. He succumbed to his injuries before dawn Tuesday.

“This latest incident saddens me since our beloved Catanduanes which has been a sanctuary of peace, has been subject to controversy after controversy in recent times,” commented Sarmiento.

It can be recalled that last November 26, authorities discovered a clandestine drug lab in Virac, Catanduanes. Capable of churning out 10 tons of “shabu” per month, the Virac facility
is easily the biggest drug lab to be found this year.

Whether fairly or unfairly, this discovery has earned Catanduanes the unofficial title of drug capital of Bicol.

Referring to the shooting incident, Sarmiento expressed hope that lawmen would eventually get to the bottom of it.

“Ganun pa man, ako ay umaasa sa ating mga local na awtoridad na gagawin nila ang lahat para maresolba ang kaso na ito sa pinakamadaling panahon. Ako ay nanawagan sa ating kapulisan na panatiliin ang katahimikan at seguridad sa isla upang hindi na muling mangyari ang ganitong insidente,” he said.