ANGELES CITY - Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan on Tuesday urged some 1,192 identified drug users and pushers who surrendered to the city government to "reform themselves before it's too late."
Speaking before the surrenderees at Barangay Cutcut People's Gym here, Pamintuan stressed that President Rodrigo Duterte means business, and that everyone linked to the illegal drugs trade will have to face the law if they do not voluntarily reform or change their ways.
"This is the first time our country has a president who walks his talk and does everything he says. It's time for you to change and reform because we do not want dead bodies in Angeles City," he said.
Pamintuan emphasized that synthetic substances destroys the mind and body, as well as the families of those who use illegal drugs.
"It's not only you who are affected but the lives of your relatives and family. You have to stop now before it gets worse. When you're high, you do not even know you are already killing your own kin," he said.
Pamintuan emphasized that the city government would enroll the surrenderees in the three-phased, eight-module rehabilitation and reform program which includes medical examination, psycho analysis and monitoring, among others.
To accommodate the huge number of surrenderees who will undergo reformation, the mayor said that the city government will put up the Gabay Diwa Rehabilitation Center in Barangay Cuayan which will have several buildings including wards for males and females, medical center, and physical center.
Funding for the multi-million rehabilitation center will be sourced from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation or from the Department of Interior and Local Government, Pamintuan said.
The mayor at the same time assailed the critics of the President saying illegal drugs should be eradicated.
"These Duterte critics are living in another world. Tapos na ang pa prim and proper. The present scourge and menace in our country must be excised from the roots. Nothing else will do. Lalamunin tayo ng droga kung hindi pa natin lalabanan at titigpasin ngayon," Pamintuan said. (JTD and Reynaldo G. Navales)