Dagupan, Mangaldan lead Pangasinan’s drug war

January 15, 2017 at 7:50 pm Leave a comment

By Mortz C. Ortigoza
DAGUPAN CITY -With 80 to 90 percent performance level, the police offices in this City and Mangaldan town lead the war on illegal drugs in Pangasinan.
Superintendent Neil Miro, this city’s chief of police, declared in January 12 the city as 90.2 percent drug-free after Barangays Pantal and Pogo Chico were announced as drug free.
Miro said Barangays 2,  3,  Calmay, and Pugaro have yet to be cleared by the Philippine National Police where around 20 drug personalities are yet to be accounted for.
Mangaldan’s chief of police Superintendent Jeffrey Fanged said his town is 80 percent narcotics-free because out of the 30 barangays, 24  were declared free of illegal drugs.
Drug-free means there are no user, pusher, and  drug laboratory in Dagupan  and Mangaldan.
“The process for their declaration was tedious. We followed the procedures from the BADAC (Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council), MADAC (Municipal  Anti-Drug Abuse Council ),and  PADAC (Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council),” he stressed.
Fanged said aside from Oplan Taphang, the police here were meticulous in combing the area of suspected drug peddlers and narcotics user.
Taphang or Tapok (gather) and hangyo (request), is being implemented by the police across the country, as an alternative to Tokhang (knock and plead) especially among the higher strata of society, such as business entities and local artists and elite groups.
“Talo pa namin ang NSO (National Statistics Office) kasi we use the coordinates of the GPS (global positioning satellite) to the house we visited and put that in our reports,” he said.
He said in Taphang, even the car plate numbers were reported.

According to Fanged’s immediate predecessor Supt. Arnold Solomon the validation and revalidation of a village to be drug free was mind-numbing.
“Consolidated validation, may mag pi-feed sa police, may mga listahan. Iyong barangay sa barangay bina-validate din po iyon. Tapos sa PNP bina-validate din. Then papunta uli sa provincial office ba-validate din,” Solomon stressed when he was asked that a barangay chairman and his officials could incriminate a suspect because he is a perceived political enemy.
Solomon said the local police and the intelligence of the Provincial Police Office would revalidate that inclusion of the suspect by village officials.
‘They (PPO) have their own intelligence operatives in the community,” he said,  referring to the gathering of data by the intelligence personnel of the police provincial office.
Aside from the PPO, he said his police have their own intelligence operatives.
He said there were cases that the provincial police office returned the list of the dangerous drugs personality by changing the designation of a user to pusher after revalidation.
In his last year’s interview, Pangasinan’s PPO Director Senior Supt. Ronald Lee said the five stages of Double Barrel (Operation Tokhang) include: collection and validation of information and list submitted by BADAC; coordination with local government units, non-government organizations and other government agencies; house-to-house visitation; processing and documentation of drug personalities who surrender; and monitoring and evaluation.
Fanged just assumed his post here two months ago when he replaced Solomon who was relieved at the height of the aggressive war of the government against dangerous drug pushers.
A police source who asked anonymity said, with Fanged’s aggressive war on narcotics peddlers, the stakeholders and the public would not be surprised to see his town eclipsed anytime from now two cites of the four cities Pangasinan as top performer on the fight against illegal drugs.

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