Serious drug problem in Pangasinan


By Bebot Villar


THE PNP Pangasinan Police Provincial Office (PPPO) reported that 1,074 barangays or 78.74 of barangays in Pangasinan are classified as drug–affected!
Ayon sa Regulation No. 2, Series of 2007 of the Dangerous Drugs Board, a drug – affected barangay is defined as having the “existence of a drug user, pusher, manufacturer, marijuana cultivator, or other drug personality, regardless of number.”

This means halos 80% sa ating mga barangay sa Pangasinan ay may problema sa droga! Grabe na talaga!
In my opinion, it is a situation that was bound to happen. People from different areas flock to our province, particularly to urban centers in search of economic opportunities. Kasama na dyan ang mga nagnenegosyo ng shabu!
The pushers ply their trade in communities where there are huge concentrations of people, parang mga ordinaryong legitimate na negosyante din ang mga yan. Nagkakatalo lang sa produkto na binebenta!

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Our provincial police will have its hands full in dealing with this problem, but I remain optimistic that they will succeed in their mission with flying colors, especially with the pronouncement of our President that there will be no let–up in the campaign against illegal drugs!
Nakikita na nga natin ang sunud–sunod na ang pagbagsak ng mga “big fishes” sa negosyong iligal na droga!
Former Mayor Johaira Abinal, more popularly known as “Marimar,” one of the biggest illegal drug suppliers in the entire Mindanao island, was arrested together with her current partner who is an Army Major!
Meco Tan, a big–time drug lord and shabu laboratory operator, was killed after a shootout with the police in Valenzuela City!
And recently, Mayor Rolando Espinosa, Sr. of Albuera, Leyte voluntarily surrendered a day after the President issued a “shoot on sight” order against him and his son Kerwin!  But Kerwin, did not surrender and chose to remain in hiding.
Kung ako sa iyo, Kerwin, sumuko ka na gaya ng tatay mo dahil your days are numbered!

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To cope with the unexpected number of self-confessed drug users and pushers in the province, tama lang na the provincial government is already considering Camp Abat in Manaoag as a temporary facility to house them. Imagine, 7,578 drug personalities have surrendered from July 1–28!
And now, even the national government is also considering using military camps for treatment and rehabilitation of those who surrendered. Wala talagang ibang choice na.
I think this strategy will have to do for the meantime at hindi magiging mala–sardinas ang sikip sa kanilang mga pasilidad habang sila ay ginagamot! Besides, the open space in military camps will make it conducive for rehab purposes. Hwag lang sila gagawa ng kalokohan sa loob ng kampo kundi kukuyugin sila ng mga sundalo!!
What’s important is to segregate the pushers and the users. Baka kung nagsama sila ay magkakaroon pa sila ng bagong networking! After their rehabilitation, the users might look for the pushers para balik sa dagting gawi.
Naloko na!

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If the provincial government proceeds with the plan, only trained medical professionals must be tapped for the rehabilitation program. Hindi po pwede na untrained personnel ang hahawak sa ating mga pasyente!
Also, we should do away with the boot–camp mentality approach. Ibig po sabihin, save and rehabilitate the user, and jail the pusher! Kung lalaban ang pusher, deretso po sa hukay yan!

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