Local drug dealers urged to surrender

THE anti-drug campaign of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte will be carried seriously by the Baguio City Police Office as they are now urging drug dealers to surrender.

Records of the BCPO showed some 17 suspected drug dealers have been arrested during the first five months of 2016 but have yet to arrest the big time suppliers.

BCPO added they will continue to intensify their anti-drug campaign and urge illicit drug dealers to voluntarily submit themselves to authorities.

Records reveal at least 35 barangays in Baguio City have been listed as drug-affected villages.

Police authorities recently nabbed Rodelio Ballasca De Vera, a resident of 16 MRR Queen of Peace Barangay at the Barangay hall of Queen of Peace following a complaint against him by his live-in partner for involvement in illegal drug activities.

Seized from the suspect were three plastic sachets of shabu weighing more or less .55 grams and a black/red clutch bag containing drug paraphernalia.

Last year, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Cordillera reported that trading of illegal drugs became faster and almost undetectable after the opening of the South Luzon Expressway as well as Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX).

PDEA-CAR reported that marijuana cultivation is prevalent in drug affected barangays of Tinglayan (Kalinga), Bakun and Kibungan (Benguet), Sadanga (Mt. Province), and Tinoc (Ifugao).

Shabu on the other hand is peddled to Baguio and La Trinidad from Dagupan City, Pangasinan, La Union, Pampanga and Manila based on PDEA reports. Shabu that are peddled in Apayao and Abra are coming mostly from Cagayan and Ilocos Norte while shabu that are peddled in Ifugao are mostly coming from Nueva Vizcaya and the National Capitol Region.

Ahead of the Duterte presidency, the Philippine National Police reported 54 drug suspects killed during its anti-illegal drugs operations after the elections from May 10 to June 20.

The crackdown on drugs resulted to killings of drug suspects by the police with 20 in Calabarzon, two in Central Luzon, two in Central Visayas and one in Northern Mindanao.

The incoming president has promised during his campaigns, to suppress crime and illegal drug use in the country within three to six months.

Citizen's arrest was likewise endorsed by Duterte for the capture of those involved in the drug trade. He also offered bounties for the capture or death of drug lords.

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