Climaco relies on PNP in war vs illegal drugs PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 02 December 2014 12:22

The war against illegal drugs in Zamboanga City is heating up as more and more suspected pushers and users are getting arrested every day by the local police force, barangay officials and concerned citizens.

Mayor Beng Climaco said the city government under her administration is fully backing up the police in their aggressive campaign against the illegal drugs trade that a P1 million fund has been allocated for the rehabilitation of drug abuse victims.

Meanwhile, the lady chief executive was calling on all barangay officials to coordinate with and assist the police in weeding illegal drugs out of the community, even as she commended those who were already working closely with the authorities like Councilor Gerry Perez who goes with the police during the raids.

“The drugs problem is contributory to peace and order that it should be addressed in a holistic approach,” the mayor said with the observation that some if not all crimes committed in the barangays were related to drugs.

On the other hand, the mayor said the drug problem should be taken on the “whole-of-a-nation” approach and that it should be the PDEA that should lead the war against the illegal drug traders. She said she has yet to meet the PDEA regional chief and find out about the agency’s anti-drug operations.

As this developed, city police director Sr. Supt. Angelito Casimiro reported during the press briefing in City Hall yesterday that for the period Nov. 24-30 a total of 21 people were arrested in 4 operations against illegal drugs, and 16 sachets of suspected shabu were also confiscated.

Last week’s operations were conducted in barangays Zambowood, Sta. Maria, Camino Nuevo and Patalon.— Vic Larato