6-week diversion plan for rescued minors set

THE 11 minors who were rescued from a suspected drug pusher after they were allegedly used as drug couriers on Colon St. will undergo a six-week diversion program. This will include a trip to the Cebu City Operation Second Chance Center.

Cebu City Police Office Director Joel Doria said that aside from the 11 minors rescued last Saturday, the Carbon Police Station also rescued six others at the abandoned City Link terminal in Barangay Pahina-Central last Monday.

The six rescued minors, who are all males aged 15 and 16, were reportedly found in possession of sachets of suspected shabu and drug paraphernalia.

“This is alarming because they are supposed to be in school for the opening of classes. Instead, they were rescued by our men and caught with drugs. We will investigate if the parents have a liability with this,” Doria said.

If police would find evidence to hold the parents liable, Doria said that charges for neglect and child abuse may be filed against them.

The Women and Children Protection Desk (WCPD) headed by Senior Insp. Sheila Gurtiza has been tasked to conduct the program for the rescued minors.

Under the program, the minors and their parents will undergo a values formation activity and parenting enrichment seminar.

The six-week program will culminate with a recollection and a tour at the Operation Second Chance.
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