DAGUPAN’S plunge from a once peaceful city and nerve center of economic activities into a drug den is among the reasons why Manay Gina de Venecia, representative of the Fourth District of Pangasinan, favors a changing of the guard in the city.
She voiced her sentiment during a huge rally in Barangay Caranglaan Wednesday night where she said the present leadership failed to provide a solution to the worsening problem of drugs in the city.
“Under the nine-year administration of Mayor Benjamin Lim, the problem of drugs went from bad to worse at the expense of children and the youth,” she said.
Dagupan has emerged not only as a drug den but also the transshipment point for illegal drugs in the whole of northern Luzon
She said Dagupan, under the terms of Mayors Cipriano Manaois, Liberato Reyna and Alipio Fernandez Jr., used to be recognized as the business and academic center of the north but it is now more known by its notorious label as a drug center.
“The bad thing here is that the life and future of the our children are already at risk now that a city-based syndicate has started using children as drug couriers because it knows that when a child is caught with the drugs, the child doesn’t go to jail,” she pointed out.
“Bilang ina, naghihimagsik po ang aking loob sa nangyayaring ito, dahil sinisira na nila ang buhay ng ating kabataan,” Manay Gina said.
At the same time, De Venecia lamented how Dagupan was downgraded to a second-class city from first class and the incumbent city hall occupant did not do anything to reverse the situation.
Manay Gina endorsed Vice Mayor Belen Fernandez, who is running for mayor, because she has a more tangible program in fighting illegal drugs being the top supporter of the “Barkada Kontra Droga”, which was formed with the help of the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB).
Fernandez was conferred a national award by the DDB headed by Secretary Antonio Villar Jr. for her meaningful contribution in the fight against illegal drugs as a result of the formation of the “ Barkada Kontra Droga” in the city.
Manay Gina called on well meaning Dagupenos who love their future to unite in the May 13 polls so that the needed change in Dagupan could be effected.
“It is about time, we go for a woman leader who cares for all of us,” she said.
She said Fernandez, who was personally endorsed by President Benigno Aquino III, will make a remarkable difference for the city through honest and transparent management following the President’s “Matuwid na Daan” reform program.
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