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Sunday, December 05, 2021

90 drug personalities surrender

MORE than 90 suspected drug personalities from two cities and one town in Cebu’s first district surrendered to authorities yesterday.

Following the surrender of four suspected drug pushers and seven users at her office, City of Naga Mayor Kristine Vanessa Chiong wants to coordinate with the city’s private sector to assist drug users, including giving them livelihood opportunities.

In Carcar City, 67 suspected drug users from Barangays Poblacion 2, Canasujan and Perrelos surrendered to police. They surrendered less than a week after President Rodrigo Duterte assumed his post.

Candice Acuña, Carcar City public information officer, said 20 suspected drug users from Barangay Poblacion 2 were the first to surrender to police yesterday.

Twenty-seven suspected drug users from Barangay Canasujan followed.

Hours later, 20 suspected drug users from Barangay Perrelos turned themselves in.

Acuña said the City is ready to assist the drug users using guidelines set by the National Government.

In the City of Naga, 10 pushers and users surrendered before Chiong and other officials at 10 a.m. yesterday.

Children

The 10 live in Sitio Whiteroad, Barangay Tuyan.

Marlon (not his real name), who identified himself as a drug seller, said he decided to surrender to the mayor because he wants to give his three children a future without illegal drugs.

Marlon said he started selling drugs eight months ago after he lost his job as a construction worker.

Nahulog ra nga gasige ra ko og tambay ato, mao nang namaligya na lang ko para naa sad miy ikapalit og bugas (I was jobless. I decided to sell drugs so we have something to eat),” Marlon said.

Supt. John Clark, City of Naga police chief, said they started Oplan Tokhang (house-to-house visits) last week. They aim to visit houses of drug pushers in the city’s 28 barangays.

The 10 suspected drug personalities were made to sign an affidavit of surrender, vowing to stop their illegal activities.

But Clark said that even if the suspected drug users signed the affidavit, it doesn’t excuse them from being arrested if they are caught engaging in illegal drugs.

Refuse

“If they refused to be reformed, then we will not hesitate to arrest them,” Clark said.

Chiong does not only want drug users and pushers to undergo rehabilitation, she also wants to give them a livelihood.

Chiong vows to build a drug rehabilitation center.

Wala may problema ang pagpa-surrender. Ang problema, kinsa may mag-follow up nila kon kinahanglan na silang I-rehab o ibalik sa katilingban (Urging them to surrender is not a problem. The problem is who will monitor them),” Chiong said.

She urged the private sector to help.

In Minglanilla, 15 drug personalities, including seven drug pushers, surrendered before the local police.

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