LINGAYEN—“If you ask me, because I am optimistic, we can”.
This was the response of P/ Col. Redrico Maranan, police provincial director, when asked by THE PUNCH if Pangasinan can be declared drug-free before the end of the year.
His caveat, however, is: “As long as all will cooperate—the pushers will stop their nefarious trade and the users will also stop taking drugs”.
He said if pushers and users will not stop peddling drugs, “we will not stop arresting them until all of them are behind bars”.
Records showed that to date, out of the 1,271 drug-affected barangays of Pangasinan, 1,023 were already cleared, leaving 248 still to be cleared.
“I am an optimistic person. I don’t want to be a pessimist. Ang aking motto kasi ay “Walang Impossible”, he stressed.
He said if a person already landed on the moon, when it was only a dream, nothing is impossible in this world now.
Meanwhile, P/Lt. Col. Charlie Umayam, chief of operations of the Pangasinan Police, revealed that from May 28 to July 28 this year, the Pangasinan PNP conducted 213 anti-illegal drugs operations and arrested and charged about the same number of suspects.
From their July operations alone, a total of one fourth kilograms of shabu have been seized from arrested suspects.
Maranan said among those arrested were two high-value targets while another from Sta. Maria town died in an encounter with the police operatives.
In the campaign against loose firearms, P/Lt. Col. Jay Baybayan, deputy provincial director for operations, reported that 155 loose firearms were seized by the police from various holders over the two-month period through the serving of search warrants, Oplan Sita, police response and Oplan Katok.
He said police operatives usually find loose firearms when implementing search warrants.
Maranan said the seizure of 155 loose firearms meant 155 lives were saved. (Leonardo Micua)
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