EDITORIAL

Timely counter-offensives vs illegal drugs

THE latest marching orders of Pangasinan’s acting police provincial director, P/Col. Redrico Maranan, are very reassuring that the war on drugs in the province will further intensify amid reports of slowly resurging activities of drug syndicates even as 347 barangays remain drug-affected.

The recent timely interception of the P124-milllion worth of shabu in Urdaneta City by our law enforcers is worrisome for the thousands of families that remain vulnerable to the illegal drug trade.  That the interception led to the arrest of undocumented Chinese nationals showed an indicator that drug syndicates have become bolder in intensifying their illegal operations in the province again.

The series of activities ordered by Col. Maranan to the town and city police chiefs augurs well for his plan to chase the drug syndicates out of the province.

His order to the police chiefs to conduct at least two missions against identified drug dealers weekly and daily checkpoints is certainly reassuring. It speaks of his determination to finally keep all the province’s towns and cities drug-cleared.

Hopefully, the Pangasinan Police Provincial Office will resume issuing regular updates to the local media of the status of police operations vs. drugs in all towns and cities in order to keep communities continuously well advised and fully apprised of the government’s campaign in their localities.

We wish Col. Maranan and his police chiefs success in their renewed campaign vs. illegal drugs.   

Junking Junjun

 STILL smarting from his resounding loss to his sister Abby in the last mayoralty race in Makati City, Junjun Binay was perpetually banned from public office on May 28 by the Court of Appeals.  In his decision and concurred in by Ramon Bato Jr. and Ramon Cruz, Justice Roberto Martin affirmed the Ombudman’s findings in 2017 that Junjun was guilty of serious dishonesty and grave misconduct when he was still mayor of Makati.  

Junjun was found violating RA No. 9184 for failing to ensure advertisement and posting requirements for the P1.3 billion, 10-storey Makati Science High School deal, plus manipulating the bidding process in favor of the winner, Hillmarc’s CC.  Junjun also has graft and corruption cases pending at the Sandiganbayan. In his verdict, Martin noted irregularities, like sham newspaper announcements, falsified bidding documents and undue haste in the awarding of contracts.  Justice served, period. 

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