AS a station with 17 barangays to cover, Talamban Police accommodated the surrender of 236 users and 21 pushers yesterday morning.
Senior Insp. Percebal Miasco, chief of Talamban Police, said he organized the barangays to help accommodate the huge number of surrenderees.
“Nag-booking na lang mi nila kay ang ubang barangays bukid, maong ilang mga kapitan ang nilihok pagpaari nila (For barangays in the mountain areas, their barangay captains helped in bringing the surrenderees in),” he said.
He said the users lined up at the station to sign a waiver.
Miasco said he is hopeful that with the coordination of barangay captains, they can provide a proper livelihood for the surrenderees.
“Mo-offer og yuta para farming. Maghabalhabal nalang ang ubang users basta kita lang silag legal nga trabaho (We will give them a piece of land to till. Some users said they will become habalhabal drivers),” he said.
Ten pushers who were in their station’s drugs watch list also surrendered, he said.
In Barangay Cambinocot, Barangay Captain Reynaldo Lauron said they will also provide drug dependents with land to farm.
Niño Inocando, a 24-year=old pusher in Barangay Talamban said he surrendered because he was afraid of being killed.
Drug personalities Rodrigo “Dambo” Amampang and Ed Mayol Borces were killed in what police described as shootouts in Barangay Mambaling.
Inocando admitted selling illegal drugs for seven years. He said he earned P1,000 a week with habalhabal drivers as his regular buyers.
Inocando said four of his companions have yet to surrender.
“I will tell them to surrender,” Inocando said.
Donald Totoy, a drug user, said he surrendered because he wanted to clear his name.
“I quit a long time ago. I turned myself in to make it clear that I’m not into drugs anymore,” Donald said.
Meanwhile, six persons were arrested for illegal drugs in Barangays Sambag 2 and Calamba in Cebu City Thursday evening.
In Sambag 2, arrested were Joshua Dunque Blanco, 19; Julius Bataycan Recudo, 29; Rynner Aparri Borces, 32; Luigi Noval Paculaba, 20; and Omaya tik-ing, 36. A minor was also arrested in Calamba for shabu.
In Barangay Ermita, Captain Felicesimo Rupinta turned over to the police 15 small packs of shabu found inside a wallet.
In Minglanilla, 92 drug personalities surrendered from July 1 to 7. Fifty-three drug personalities came from Barangays Linao, Bulacao, Biasong, Lawaan 3, Tangke, Poblacion, Dumlog and Pooc; while 39 came from Barangays Poblacion Ward I, Poblacion Ward III and Tubod.
Talisay and Minglanilla police said they have yet to decide whether or not to give the surrenderees livelihood.
“Ang akong nadunggan ato kay after care then i-rehab kay si mayor iya pang i-research kon unsay matabang nga livelihood (What I heard is that the mayor is still researcing what livelihood to give to the surenderees),” PO1 Jenice Deparine said.
Minglanilla Police Station Chief Inspector Franco Rudolf Oriol said during their meeting last Thursday that the implementations for the surrenderees’ intervention has not been finalized by the councel yet.
Oriol said Operation Tokhang should be strengthened in the barangays.
He said the surrenderees are willing to cooperate with the police in looking for drug lords. Julie Mae Altamira, Jyda Yeecynth Ang, USJR Interns/Euchrissa Theresa Ladrera, UP Cebu Intern