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Guv: No Pampanga mayor involved in illegal drugs

Thursday, May 18, 2017

MABALACAT CITY -- Governor Lilia Pineda belied on Wednesday, May 17, the reports that some mayors in Pampanga are involved in illegal drugs and “tanim-droga” scheme.

Pineda issued the statement during the Provincial Peace and Order Council meeting at Kingsborough Convention Center in San Fernando City.

“Not even one of the mayors here in Pampanga is involved in illegal drugs,” Governor Pineda said.

The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption(VACC)-Pampanga recently tagged the Bacolor and Mabalacat police as behind numerous cases of “tanim-droga” scheme.

A VACC-Pampanga coordinator claimed that illegal drugs and firearms were planted as evidence against the alleged “tanim-droga” victims.

The Mabalacat City police described the VACC-Pampanga’s actions as politically motivated and baseless.

Central Luzon Police Director Aaron Aquino, earlier denied reports that there are numerous cases of “tanim-droga” in the region.

“I do not know where that issue came from or how it was invented, but, definitely, I can say that there is no 'tanim droga' in Central Luzon," Aquino said.

Mabalacat Mayor Marino Morales thrown support to Superintendent Juritz Rara and Senior Inspector Melvin Florida, who were relieved from their posts as chief of police and intelligence head respectively following the VACC-Pampanga’s accusations.

Morales said that he believes Rara and Florida and there is no “tanim droga” in the city.

“We are number one in Pampanga when it comes to accomplishments on illegal drugs and I thank our local police for this,” Morales said.

At least 18 out of the 27 barangays in the city are now drug-free and are subject for re-validation by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

The Mabalacat police arrested 116 drug users and 181 pushers in the city from September 12, 2016 to April 26, 2017.

From July 1, 2016 up to May 12, 2017, police reports stated 177 operations were conducted and 378 were arrested and four were neutralized.

The massive operation resulted to arrest of eight out of the top 10 drug personalities in Mabalacat City.

The arrested were Mark Solomon (second most wanted), Antonio Patawaran (third), Aris Muldong (fifth), Angelito Rivera (sixth), Macromar Cruz (seventh), Olivia Waje (eight), Jayson Waje (ninth) and Rosella Fajardo (tenth).

Some 60 suspected drug dependents have completed a program at the Reformation Center dubbed as “Bahay Pagbabago,” which is manned by the police authorities.

The reformists have undergone one-month rehabilitation through the support of the City Government. They were provided with free of charge meals, livelihood training skills, and physical, psychological and spiritual development program.

Rara earlier reported that crime volume in Mabalacat City decreased by 23 percent based on the comprehensive crime report in the third quarter of 2016.

The police report indicated that from July to September 2016, only 386 (56.39 percent) incidents of crime had been reported compared to the 544 (79.48 percent) posted in the same period last year.

Published in the SunStar Pampanga newspaper on May 19, 2017.

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