Climaco welcomes 300 more drug surrenderers PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 05 August 2016 12:09

By VIC LARATO

Mayor Beng Climaco welcomed yesterday 300 more drug surrenderers from six barangays under the Zamboanga City Police Station 6 in Tetuan, bringing to 6,162 the number of drug personalities who voluntarily submitted themselves to the authorities.

In her message, Climac urged the drug surrenderers to change their ways of life not just for themselves but most especially for their children and families.

“Salamat sa panginoon dahil kusa kayong sumuko. Ako ay umaasa na tuluyan na ninyong talikuran ang pag tutulak at paggamit ng droga. Drug addiction is a menace not just to the person and his family but to the entire society,” the mayor said.

She assured them that the city government will help them in their rehabilitation and other livelihood activities under Task Force Cambio Vida.

“We want to let you know the city government is here and will help you. Hopefully, none of you will go back to illegal drugs. Think of your children,” she told the drug surrenderers coming from barangays Tetuan, Tugbungan, Kasanyangan, Talon-Talon, Mampang and Arena Blanco.

Also present were city police director Sr. Supt. Lusito Magnaye, Police Station 6 commander Supt. Nonito Asdani, the barangay officials concerned and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) regional personnel.

The latest drug surrenderers brought to 6,162 the total number of pushers and users who voluntarily gave themselves up to the authorities in Zamboanga City, following the intensified war against illegal drugs.

Meanwhile, the Police Station 6 operatives headed by Supt. Asdani conducted a buy-bust operation in Tugbungan last Tuesday at 2:40 p.m., which resulted in the arrest of Jack Aliuddin y Ladjahasan, 40, of Puerto Princesa, Talon-Talon, this city.

Confiscated from his possession were one medium size transparent plastic sachet containing shabu and the marked money of P200.

On Monday, Supt. Magnaye, officer-in-charge of the Zamboanga City Police Office, reported a total of 5,862 drug surrenderees from July 1 to 31.

The number represents .64% of the city’s total population of 903,625.

He said the police had also conducted 70 law enforcement operations against illegal drugs, which resulted in the arrest of 113 suspects and filing of 66 cases in court. At least eight drug suspects were killed.— Vic Larato