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Friday, September 16, 2016

Chief PNP cites police efforts, civilian support vs illegal drugs

By Julius B. Embile

LEGAZPI CITY, Sept. 16 (PIA) – Chief PNP Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa has cited, expressing his utmost gratitude alike, to officers and personnel of the Police Regional Office in Bicol and Bicolano civilian groups who joined in the government's drive of quelling illegal drug abuse.

During the chief PNP’s visit in Albay this morning in celebration of the 115th Police Service Anniversary, Dela Rosa was also met by member organizations of the Kasurog Kontra Droga (K2D, Bicolano for “allies against drugs”) who showed a strong and unified support on the police force’s drive against illegal drugs.

Carrying banners and plaque cards showing support on the police’s efforts and declaring their detestation of illegal drugs, K2D members in attendance included members of the academe, non-government and community based organizations, and volunteers that acts as anti-illegal drugs watch groups and advocates in their respective localities.

“Di ko mapigilan, gusto kong umiyak sa saya sa pinapakita nyong pakiki’isa sa aming kampanya laban sa droga. Ang dating parang impossible dream, ngayon possible na” (I can’t help myself, I want to cry for joy for the support in our campaign againt illegal drugs. What seemed to be an impossible dream now seems possible), said the chief PNP.

According to the general, the civilian communities’ help and cooperation now provides a ‘whole of mission approach’ to the so-called ‘war against illegal drugs’.

As of the moment, with the two months that already lapsed in the 6-month deadline set by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, the General dela Rosa confirms that 40% of the target accomplishment had been achieved with more than 7 thousand names in the drug watch list either surrendered or neutralized.

“Even if we are left with four more months, what is the 60% remaining if we all work together? Yes, I admit it is difficult but we are doing our best” stated the chief PNP. Dela Rosa also stated that the PNP still eyes winning the war against drugs before January of 2017, the deadline of the 6 month timeline.

The chief PNP also confirmed that the administration is set to channel its resources in eliminating illegal gambling, after completing the anti-illegal drug campaign. He explained that the government just opted to focus on illegal drugs first as it presents a greater challenge.

“Police operations against illegal gambling are already on-going. It’s just that we chose to focus first on illegal drugs. If a person involved in illegal gambling is ordered to stop, I assure you they will stop. Unlike a drug personality, who wouldn’t just stop because of their mental dependency,” explained dela Rosa.

If PNP is to initiate an all-out drive against illegal gambling, dela Rosa said that the administration wants it to be as impacting as their anti-illegal drugs campaign. For the chief PNP, failure is not an option, which is also the challenge he set forth all the members of the PNP in Bicol. “The expectation is high, but we cannot afford to fail the president and the people”, said dela Rosa.

However, General dela Rosa also expressed his confidence with the PNP of the Bicol region, based on what was it has already contributed and achieved on the anti-illegal drug drive. “This is Bicol, the home of the ‘uragons’ (tough guys). I am confident that you will remain strong and not bog-down”, said the general. (MAL/JBE-PIA5)

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