Guv asks for drug vigilance

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Sunday, August 17, 2014


CLARK FREEPORT -- Governor Lilia Pineda urged barangay chairmen in the province to be vigilant and be at the forefront in the fight against illegal drugs.

Pineda issued her directive to village chiefs in the first district of Pampanga, which covers Mabalacat City, Magalang town, and Angeles City, during a drug summit held at Oxford Hotel on Saturday.

Pineda is the chair of the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) Committe on Anti-Dangerous Drugs.

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"Ang sinasabi ko sa mga barangay chairmen na kung may mga kahinahinalang mga tao o sasakyan na gumagala sa kanilang mga lugar ay dapat matyagan nila ito. Baka mga pushers ang mga ito at i-report agad sa pulis" Pineda said.

Pineda said that most of the crimes committed are drug-related.

"Karamihan sa mga pushers ay hindi naman mga Kapampangan kundi nangagaling sa ibang probinsya at Metro Manila. Ngunit ang mga binibiktima nila ay ang mga kaprobisya natin. Kaya dapat wag silang magpabaya at maging alerto lagi sa mga taong pumapasok sa nai kanilang mga barrio" she said.

First District Representative Joseller "Yeng" Guiao said he is working closely with the governor to address the illegal drug problem particularly in his district.

"Siyempre nagtutulungan tayo kasama si Gob. sa problemang ito (illegal drugs), because this is a national problem hindi lang sa probisya or distrito ko. One way of helping is to assure that drug dependents are rahabilitated and the drug pushers put behind bars,' Guiao said.

Mabalacat City Mayor Marino "Boking" Morales said Mabalacat is also affected by drug problems. He assured the governor that the local police and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) are addressing the illegal drug menace.

Morales said he instructed leaders in the city's 27 villages to concerned government agencies like PDEA and National Bureau of Investigation NBI to identify and arrest suspected drug pushers.

PDEA Director General Arturo Cacdac said the fight versus illegal drugs is a concerted effort of the agency, police, local government units and the public.

Cacdac said that providing information to law enforcement agencies is important. He added that barangay officials should report illegal activities in their respective villages.

"I assure them that their identities will be highly confidential and we will look into their reports," Cacdac said. (Chris Navarro)

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on August 18, 2014.

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