Cops scour Davao village; lady pusher yields-A A +A
Monday, February 25, 2013
POLICE personnel in Davao City visited 38 houses of suspected drug pushers in Phase 1, S.I.R. New Matina, Barangay 76-A, Bucana as the proactive drug eradication campaign called Oplan TokHang (Tok-Tok, Hangyo) resumed Monday.
Davao City Police Office (DCPO) chief Senior Superintendent Ronald dela Rosa was joined by 76-A barangay captain Robert Olanolan and Talomo police Chief Superintendent Julius Silagan in conducting the house-to-house visit to persuade drug pushers to leave the illegal drug trade.
Dela Rosa, in an interview, said the house-to-house visit resulted in the surrender of a lady drug pusher who provided him information with regard the delivery of drugs in the area.
"Naay gi-timbre nga dako nga supplier ang ni-surrender. Kaning supplier, drugs ra gyud iyang negosyo ug gikan gihapon siya sa Cotabato (The surrenderee provided information on a big supplier. Drugs are the only livelihood of this supplier who is from Cotabato)," dela Rosa said.
The DCPO chief refused to identify the lady drug pusher for security reasons.
He said Oplan TokHang is an effective method in extracting information on the sources of illegal drug pushers in the city.
Earlier, authorities arrested Rahima Mamaswar Kabugatan, a 35-year-old farmer, and one Benjie Bangcula Omali, a 32-year-old driver, both residents of Barangay Kalanganan 2 in Cotabato City who were believed to be big suppliers of shabu in Barangay Ilang, Bunawan, after a surrenderee confessed to the police.
Olanolan, meanwhile, said he is ready to help clear the names of the drug pushers in his area as long as they will vow not to go back to the illegal drug trade.
"Tong 2005, naa 300 surrenderees nga nalimbigit sa drugs. Nahibal-an namo nga naay uban ani sa ilaha nga nibalik nasad ug pamaligya ug ilegal nga druga. So karon, andam mi mutabang or escort sa ila sa mga pulis basta kay dili na gyud sila mubalik ug baligya (In 2005, there were 300 surrenderees who were involved in illegal drugs. We learned that some of these surrenderees returned to selling drugs. So now, we are ready to help them or escort them to the police as long as they won't return to selling drugs)," Olanolan said.
Dela Rosa, in response, said those who will surrender will still be monitored to ensure they will not be involved in the illegal drug trade again.
DCPO also conducted visits on the houses of 17 suspected drug pushers in Matina Crossing and one in Matina Gravahan on Monday afternoon.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 26, 2013.