THE local government of Laoang, Northern Samar prove that they are supporting the anti-drug campaign of President Rodrigo Duterte following the surrender of hundreds of personalities involved in illegal drugs.
‘Laoang Municipal Police Station reported the surrender of almost 200 persons following the call of Mayor Hector Ong to help him fight illegal drugs in the island municipality.
Based on records, 13 persons admitted that they are involved in selling illegal drugs while most of the said number were self-confessed users.
Under Ong’s program, drug users will be obliged to perform activities to keep them busy and they will be monitored regularly.
Drug pushers, on the other hand, will be given one more chance to reform but will be subjected to arrest and will face the court, once they go back to selling drugs.
Proof that the local government is bent on its anti-illegal drugs campaign, the sixth top drug personality in Laoang, Marlon Giray, 42, was shot and killed by the arresting officers in a buy-bust operation last July 23.
Police reports said Giray has surrendered to the police under Oplan Tokhang but went back to peddling drugs.
Ong emphasized that those who surrendered under Oplan Tokhang does not guarantee freedom. He said there should be sincerity to change and avoid going back to being drug pushers or users.
Ong urged his constituents to continue cooperating with the authorities to make Laoang a drug-free municipality as President Duterte has envisioned for the country.