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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Ermita officials test negative for illegal drug use

TO show that Barangay Ermita, Cebu City is firm in its efforts to stop the proliferation of illegal drugs in the area, village chief Felicisimo Rupinta warned his close to 150 personnel that those who will test positive of illegal drugs will be immediately terminated.

The City Office for Substance Abuse Prevention (Cosap) administered a random drug test yesterday to some 138 officials and personnel after conducting a reorientation seminar on the Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (Badac).

“It’s quite hypocritical of us to run after alleged drug peddlers when we have drug users among our staff,” Rupinta said.

None of the seven Ermita officials tested positive of illegal drug use.

As for the other barangay personnel, Cosap chief Garry Lao said the results will be released today, but are still subject for confirmatory test.

For the reorientation seminar, Rupinta said he wants to have the barangay personnel to be educated about the functions of Badac.

Together with Carbon Police Station chief Jacinto Mandal, Rupinta said they are working on a joint effort to conduct more operations in the area until the barangay is free of drugs and other illegal activities.

Mandal, in a separate interview, said that should the suspected drug personalities in the area continue with their illegal activities, police will intervene by conducting a buy-bust.

“As much as possible, we want them to voluntarily stop because we are very serious in the campaign against illegal drugs. It’s never late to change for the better,” he said.

With the reactivation of Ermita’s Badac, Lao hopes this will lead to fully ending the proliferation of drugs in the area. (RTF)
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