A FORMER vice mayor of Sagay City in Negros Occidental voluntarily surrendered to the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (Nocppo) on July 11 in relation to police’s massive anti-illegal drug campaign.
Joseph Gerald Marañon, son of the late governor Joseph Marañon and nephew of Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., yielded to Senior Superintendent William Señoron, acting provincial director of Nocppo, around 7:30 a.m.
Señoron, who was once police chief of Sagay City, said that Marañon, a drug user, called him up to inform him about his plan.
Marañon came to his office as an ordinary citizen, he said.
“It’s just normal for the police to accommodate anyone willing to surrender and stop their engagement in illegal drug activities,” he added.
Señoron said the former public official will be officially included in the list of drug surrenderees in Negros Occidental.
He added that Marañon also volunteered to undergo rehabilitation.
“That’s a good sign,” Señoron said.
Meanwhile, the Police Regional Office-Negros Island Region (NIR) has recorded a total of about 6,000 drug surrenderees in the region as of July 11, Chief Superintendent Conrado Capa, regional director of PRO-18, said.
Of the number, about 4,000 were from Negros Oriental and 2,000, from Negros Occidental.
Capa said surrenders are reported in every local government unit every day.
The Oplan Tokhang, wherein policemen visit and ask drug personalities to surrender, will be continuously implemented as long as it is necessary, he added.
With the success of Oplan Tokhang in the region, Capa warned station commanders to shape up, or else they will be relieved from their posts.
Meanwhile, to answer the need for rehabilitation of the drug surrenderees, Capa said the local executives are coming up with a plan that can help aid the drug surrenderees with social and economic support from the government.