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No let up in anti-drugs campaign

By Bebot Villar

 

THERE has been no let up in the police campaign against illegal drugs in the province. And this can be seen in the daily police reports, where buy-bust operations have been conducted, drug pushers arrested in the different towns and cities.

Malas lang noong ilang drug pushers because they chose to shoot it out with the authorities. Tulad noong nangyari sa Dagupan City last week kung saan isang kilalang tulak ang piniling lumaban nang huhulihin na sana sa isang buy-bust operation. Of course, sa dami ng mga pulis sa isinagawang operation, patay siya!

Drug traffickers are often violent, kayang makipagpatayan para lamang maprotektahan ang kanilang illegal activities. But the police also know this, that’s why they are always ready to deal with any situation.

Fortunately, in Pangasinan, wala pa namang malaking drug lord ang nai-ulat na nag-o-operate. Kung meron man, surely, di ito makakaligtas sa mga mata ng mga otoridad dahil sa kanilang pinag-ibayong kampanya laban sa illegal drugs.

There were reports that some towns and cities in the province known to be transshipment points from other province. Pero sa araw-araw na pagkakahuli ng mga tulak, tiyak na the operators are having second thoughts na about operating here.

Sana lang hindi magsawa ang ating mga law enforcement agencies sa pagtugis sa mga drug traffickers na ito upang magpatuloy na maging ligtas ang ating mga kababayan, particularly our youth, mula sa salot ng iligal na droga.

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Despite repeated warnings, many people are still victimized by text scammers, losing cash in the process.

Naging creative na rin kasi ang mga manlolokong ito. Kung noon ay may mga text messages na nagsasabing nanalo ka sa isang raffle at kukumbinsihin kang magpadala ng pera pag sumagot ka, ngayon ay iba na.

Ang madalas ngayon ay mga text messages ng nagsasabing nag-overpayment ka ng P300 o P500 at upang ma-i-refund mo, kailangan mong i-text sa isang number, gamit ang isang format with a sim number that starts with 2. Ang walang kamalay-malay na mobile phone owner, kapag ginawa iyon, ay nag pasa-load worth P500 ka sa nag-text na iyon.

If the text number announcing a promo used the ordinary 11-digit number, magduda na agad. A legitimate promo uses a special three o four-digit code na galing sa National Telecommunications Commission (NTC).

Kung may mga nag-text naman na nagsasabing nanalo ka ng malaking halaga ng salapi, house and lot, magarang sasakyan o malaking halaga ng pangkabuhayan, pero wala ka namang sinalihang raffle, i-ignore na lang ang mga ito. O report the number to NTC.

The increasing number of text scammers has been one of the reasons why the House proposal to register all SIM cards, including prepaid, has been gaining support.  

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Until now, usap-usapan pa rin ang discovery ng mga illegal drugs, guns, cash at mala-five star hotel na tirahan ng mga drug lords sa loob ng New Bilibid Prison (NBP).

Hindi kasi lubos-maisip ng mga mamamayan na kahit nakakulong na pala ang isang tao, because he or she had been convicted of a crime, ay maginhawa pala ang kalagayan sa loob ng kulungan at tuloy ang ligaya dahil napapatakbo pa rin ng mga drug lords na ito ang kanilang mga iligal na gawain.

Last week, Justice Secretary Leila De Lima ordered newly appointed NBP OICs to “keep the prisons the way they are supposed to be.” To achieve this, she said, prison rules and regulations must be strictly enforced to avert the entry of any and all contraband and the commission of prison-based anomalies.

Three heads have rolled so far at sila ang dating mga matataas na opisyal ng NBP. But their relief is still not a penalty kundi isang administrative prerogative habang iniimbestigahan ang mga pangyayari sa NBP. As they say, it takes two to tango. And there could be more NBP personnel who allowed the high profile criminals to build their kingdoms inside the NBP compound.

Let’s hope na maging mabilis ang investigation para agad na masibak kung sino man ang mga dapat sibakin diyan. Naghihintay ang buong sambayanan. In the meantime, dapat ipagpatuloy ang pag-galugad sa loob ng NBP upang maibalik ito sa dapat na anyo nito: isang kulungan ng mga kriminal at hindi bahay bakasyunan ng mga drug lords!

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I hope everyone had a great time celebrating Christmas with the family.

May I thank all of you for reading this column and those who watch and support cable TV program “Deretsahan” which airs at 10 a.m. every Saturday at K17 Kabaleyan Channel. Maraming salamat po!

Again, in behalf of the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) and my family, a prosperous New Year to all of you!

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