52 users, pushers surrender in Malasiqui

MALASIQUI—The town’s efforts in its campaign contra-illegal drugs resulted in the voluntary surrender of 52 drug personalities voluntarily to the police last Tuesday July 12.

The self-confessed drug personalities pledged and signed an affidavit of undertaking to support the new administration’s campaign against illegal drugs.

The mass pledging was presided by the Malasiqui Police Station (MPS) and the municipal government led by Mayor Noel Anthony Geslani with the members of the Liga ng mga Barangay in attendance.

The mayor said he met with the sixty barangay chairmen and had agreed to encourage their constituents suspected to be involved in the illegal drug trade as dealer and user to surrender before the police implement Oplan Tokhang.

“They were possibly intimidated by what they saw on television, what happened to the drug personalities who fought with the police instead of surrendering”, said Mr. Geslani.
P/Supt. Roland Sacyat, officer-in-charge at MPS, said eight drug personalities already surrendered to their station, so that makes a total of 60 drug personalities who surrendered, a number that already exceeded the 40 listed drug personalities in the town.
Among those who surrendered included three barangay officials and personalities included in watch list’s top ten.

“But their surrender is not a guarantee that they will be removed from the list instead they will be closely monitored.” said Sacyat.

Furthermore, the surrendered drug personalities will undergo counseling with the members of Malasiqui Pastors Association (MAPA) on a weekly basis.

“MAPA assigned member pastors for each barangay, while the barangay officials will monitor them twice a week and they will report to us on a monthly basis”, said Sacyat.

He requested the municipal government to allocate funds for the surprise drug testing of the surrendered drug personalities.

Meanwhile, Mayor Geslani said the government will seek help of Technical Skills and Training Development Authority (TESDA) for possible livelihood trainings for them.
The mayor plans to require all municipal employees and barangay officials to take drug tests. (Hilda Austria)