Ginaya si Diez: Iloilo gay drug peddler wants separate jail

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An openly gay inmate arrested in an anti-drugs operation in Iloilo City is doing a Gretchen Diez by demanding a separate detention cell at the police station he was brought to.

Mark Joseph Parreño, 30, was arrested in a police anti-narcotics operation last Aug. 19 in Iloilo City, city police said.

Iloilo City Police Station 1 chief P/Lt. Col. Jonathan Pablito said Parreño requested that he be separated from other male inmates (

Pablito quoted Parreño as saying he was fearful for his welfare, citing the “horror stories” of other LGBTTQ members who were put behind bars.

Also, Parreno claimed some of them were molested inside the jail.

But Pablito turned down the request, saying the comfort room of the prison cell for female inmates is not functioning.

Parreño no longer pursued his initial plea for a different cell.

“He’s doing well with the six other inmates. Bonding na daw sila,” Pablito said.

Police had arrested Parreño in a drug buy bust operation. He yielded six sachets of suspected shabu and P1,100 in marked money.

The police said Parreño used to be a bet collector for the Small Town Lottery (STL) and was a newly-identified drug personality.

However, Pablito said they will look for ways to segregate an inmate who is mentally-ill or mentally-challenged and those who are HIV positive.