Drug personalities surrender in Urdaneta
By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
URDANETA CITY- A total of 1,177 drug personalities in this city voluntarily surrendered to the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Region I in a ceremony held at Urdaneta City Cultural and Sports Complex last July 15.
The mass surrender was in response to the PNP’s “OPLAN Tokhang”, (katok at hangyo or knock and plead) and “Project Double Barrel” that are being implemented nationwide.
PDEA Director General Isidro S. Lapeña, the guest of honor and speaker, hailed the efforts of the city police force headed by Chief of Police Jeff Fanged and the city government led by Mayor Amadeo Gregorio “Bobom” Perez IV.
“Let us rally behind President (Rodrigo) Duterte’s efforts to put an end to the drug menace that has been for years destroying the future of the youth, families and the moral fiber of the communities,” Lapeña said before the city government officials, members of the City Anti-Drug Abuse Council, 34 village heads, Civilian Volunteers Organizations (CVOs)
He also thanked the village officials who responded actively to the call of listing down the names of the drug personalities in their villages.
Lapeña also led the Pledge of Commitment of the surrendered drug personalities..
Mayor Perez conveyed the commitment of the city government to clamp down the proliferation of illegal drugs in the city even as he pledged to assist the city’s police force and the village officials.
The event was also attended by PDEA officials of Region I: Regional Director Jeoffrey C. Tacio, Director for Plans and Operation Service Gladys Rosales and Director for Intelligence and Investigation Service Randy Pedroso.
Also in attendance were City Vice Mayor Julio “Rammy” Parayno III, OIC-PNP Provincial Director Ronald O. Lee and Lawyer Allan Ancheta, PDEA Chief Legal and Prosecution Section.
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