17 drug users, pushers surrender to PDEA-9 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 08 July 2016 13:13

By R.G. ANTONET GO

Seventeen drug users and pushers from Barangay Canelar surrendered to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-9 (PDEA-9) Thursday morning.

Joseph Ladip, PDEA 9 regional director, said in an interview that that 17 persons voluntary surrendered as they see this is the way to change their life. They consist of 16 males and one female.

The regional director said that the surenderers were briefed, a body search was conducted as well as profiling and orientation.

Profiling, according to Ladip, is important so that PDEA will know if these individuals are pushers, users, what they know when it comes to illegal drug trade in their area, they will sign a waiver that states that they will no longer go back to their old ways of selling and using drugs, and they will be sent  home.

A drug test was also conducted on these individuals to confirm if they are drug users.

“Ito ay bukal sa kanilang kalooban, sila ay willing na sumurender, at itakwil ang dati nilang gawin. Pero hindi ito garantiya na porke’t nag-surrender sila ay wala na silang pananagutan in the future,” Ladip stressed.

They were also advised that incase they have problems they must come to a person who is willing to help them and not bring them back to their old ways of drug using or selling.

PDEA-9 appealed to the local government especially the barangays to support and help the drug surenderers after they are sent home.

On the influx of surenderers, Ladip said, “we are seeing it as managing and processing surrenderers which is part of our job. We will focus on that side rather than operation, surveillance, arrest, and filing of cases,”

He likewise urged all government agencies to work together as this is a good indication that the pronouncement of President Rodrigo R. Duterte is reaching the grassroot level.

Recall that last June PDEA received one surenderer from Tugbungan.

The regional director reminded that “itong paraan na ito ay napapanahon. Magbago na tayo binigyan tayo ng pagkakataon ng ating pamahalaan na magbago sa pamamagitan nitong pag surrender.”

Canelar barangay kagawad Vincent Lozano brought the surenderers to PDEA and assured that he will use the tanods to monitor if indeed they changed for the better.

He expressed hope that the barangay will have funds for drug testing so that they can monitor and test the surenderers from time to time.

Meanwhile, Toy (not his real name), 15-year illegal drug user, said that friends were the reason why he turned to drugs.

He said that he surrendered as he sees there is still a time. “Man invite yo con el maga ta usa man surrender ya mientras tiene pa tiempo. Bueno se limpiya ya kita el cuerpo cay nuay cosa saka na droga . Ultimo hora muerte lang.”

Joel (not his real name), 20-year illegal drug user and drug pusher for 10 years said that friends were also the reason why he turned to drugs.

Due to drugs, he said that he resorted to things which include deceiving his parents and wife.

“Ara ya bira came na gobyerno, cre tamen canamun manda kame mira hende ya kame ta usa y bende droga,” Joel said. — R.G. A A. Go