Mayor declares all out war vs illegal drugs

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Monday, May 19, 2014

FLORIDABLANCA -- Mayor Eduardo Guerrero of this town has issued a stern warning to drug pushers and users to "get out of the town or face the full force of the law."

This came in the heels of the continued arrest of suspected drug pushers and the surrender of a suspected drug peddler over the weekend.

"Binigyan ko na ng instructions si hepe (Superintendent Jhoanna Rosales) na wag tigilan ang pag huli sa mga pushers at users. Yung mga pushers ay kasuhan at ikulong habang ang mga users naman ay pa rehabilitate. Nais kong linisin ang bayan namin sa pagkalat ng ipinagbabawal na gamot katulad ng shabu na sumisira sa kinabukasan ng atin mga kababayan dito," Guerrero said.


The mayor said that he is supportive of the illegal drugs campaign of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), adding that a number of top drug pushers in the town were already arrested.

"Pinagbilinan ko si Hepe na walang makikiapag-areglo sa mga pushers kung sila ay nahulihan ng ipinagbabawal na gamot at dapat silang hulihin at sampahan agad ng demanda," Guerrero added.

Rosales, for her part, told Sun.Star Pampanga that the local police recently arrested two suspected drug peddlers who are on the list of the town's most wanted.

Rosales identified the suspects as Cesar Manalili of Barangay Gutad and Alanzel Vitug, alias Burdado, of Barangay Anon, all in this town. She said the two were arrested in separate buy-bust operations by members of the Floridablanca police.

Confiscated from the possession of Manalili were three plastic sachets containing suspected shabu, one homemade caliber .38 pistol and six bullets, a motorcycle with no license plate and a P500 marked bill used in the operation.

The other suspect, Vitug, yielded five plastic sachets of suspected shabu with an estimated value of P10,000 and a P500 marked money.

Rosales said that the two suspect are believed to be responsible for the proliferation of illegal drugs in their respective barangays and other villages in the town. She said that the two suspects have been charged for violation of Section 5 and 11 of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act of 2002.

Meanwhile, Councilor Bonifacio Baluyut, Municipal Council committee on peace and order chairman, said that the continued arrest of suspected drug pushers led to the surrender of another drug peddler on Monday.

Baluyut said the suspect, who was not identified, surrendered to Guerrero and promised to help police identify other drug pushers in their area.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on May 20, 2014.

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