11 illegal drug users/runners surrender in Dagupan
DAGUPAN CITY – Eleven confessed illegal drug users/runners from Barangay Pantal surrendered to Mayor Belen T. Fernandez at the city museum on July 1.
That day, Fernandez signed Executive Order No. 20 establishing the Task Force “Disiplina” in line with the peace and order thrust of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.
Accompanied by former Barangay Captain Felipe Maramba, the 11 drug users/runners were welcomed by Mayor Fernandez and Police Chief Christopher Abrahano at the city museum.
Abrahano said those who voluntarily surrender to the authorities have to sign an undertaking that they will forever stop using drugs and being runners of people pushing illegal drugs.
They must also submit themselves voluntarily for drug testing and rehabilitation if found positive and subject to periodic monitoring by the authorities, he said.
“If their intention is to voluntarily surrender to escape or delay prosecution and arrest, we will not give them that luxury and for those who have a pending warrant of arrest before the courts it would be best for them to surrender to avoid a violent arrest,” said Abrahano.
The suspects are reportedly runners of drug dealers and are only forced to do it because of poverty.
They said they decided to surrender for fear of their lives because of the massive campaign of President Duterte against illegal drugs.
Mayor Fernandez promised to extend assistance by giving them alternative livelihood.
“I am here to meet them to personally assess their sincerity in turning a new leaf. For those who will voluntarily subject themselves to rehabilitation, we will donate some amount for their expenses,” Fernandez said.
Fernandez said that with the enforcement of Executive Order No. 20 effective July 1, the city has started giving warnings to those whose names are in the drug lists.
“I am happy that our counterparts in the barangays like Punong Barangay Rico Mejia of Bonuan Gueset are already working on giving warnings to all the drug users and pushers in their area. We appreciate their show of cooperation and for those who are still on the run it would be best that they surrender but if they surrender they have to promise not to do it again,” Fernandez said.
“What is good with what is happening today is that because of the firm order of the President against illegal drugs these people are now surrendering to us and this is helping us a lot in curving the problem on illegal drugs,” added Fernandez.
PDEA Pangasinan also helped in the processing of the suspects’ voluntary surrender. (CIO)
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