Beng calls for more aggressive campaign against illegal drugs PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 17 October 2014 11:43

Mayor Beng Climaco commended Monday the Zamboanga City Police Office, particularly the police stations in Sta. Maria and San Roque, for their accomplishments in the fight against the illegal drugs even as she called for a more aggressive anti-drugs campaign in the city.

This, after the chief executive received a letter cum memorandum from Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas identifying the barangays of Recodo, Arena Blanco, Baliwasan, San Roque and Sta. Catalina as seriously affected by the illegal drugs trade. The report was based on the findings of the Philippine Drugs Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

“Our instruction is for the City Legal Office to get a copy of the memorandum, Col. Casimiro and Councilor Jerry Perez to take appropriate action and submit reports on their anti-drugs accomplishments,” Climaco said.

She said the city government has funds for the fight against illegal drugs and “we need to utilize them properly. “We need to continue aggressively the campaign against illegal drugs because they destroy our society, the family and the future of our children.”

Meanwhile, city police director Sr. Supt. Angelito Casimiro reported during this week’s press briefing that the from the period Sept. 22 to Oct. 12, the ZCPO had conducted 23 anti-illegal drugs operations, resulting in the arrest of 44 suspected pushers and confiscation of illegal drugs locally known as “shabu” in 68 plastic sachets and other paraphernalia.

He said the suspects were locked up in different police station jails, pending their transfer to the Zamboanga City Reformatory Center (City Jail) after the filing of appropriate charges against them in court.

Climaco said she received a letter from Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas informing her about the findings of the Philippine Drugs Enforcement Agency (PDEA) that five of the city’s 98 barangays were seriously affected by the illegal drugs trade.

There were barangays Recodo, Arena Blanco, Baliwasan, San Roque and Sta. Catalina.

The city chief executive has instructed Supt. Casimiro and Councilor Jerry Perez to do appropriate action in a bid to eradicate the illegal drugs trade in the barangays and the city in general.— Vic Larato