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Guv: ‘Police should be one step ahead against drug peddlers’

| by: Xerxes Alkuino

The policemen should be “one step ahead” in its all out campaign against illegal drugs.  Governor Hilario P. Davide said this amidst the killing of two police officers in a drug raid conducted last November 14.

He believes the policemen not disheartened with the recent shootout in Moalboal and Capitol’s campaign against illegal drugs continues.  “Ang atong message jud ani is padayon lang gyud mo (The message here is you just go on), be aggressive as well and our police authorities kinihanglang (should be) one step ahead against drug peddlers,” he said.  Asked on what he would recommend for those under performing police officers, Gov. Davide said he would leave the matter to the local chief executives.  He added that the Cebu Provincial Police Office director has also a plan of action for those under performing personnel.

On November 17, the governor commended CPPO for their successful simultaneous operations in the mountain barangays of Dalaguete, Alcoy and Boljoon towns last October. Recovered in the raids were packs of shabu, bundles of marijuana, firearms, grenades, and Php 15,000 cash.  Meanwhile, the governor welcomed the suggestion on hiring another consultant for the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) but reiterated his full trust and confidence in the current consultant, Marco Toral.  The suggestion came from Provincial Board Member Grecilda “Gigi” Sanchez, who pointed out the lack of a concrete program to solve the drugs problem in the facility.

Davide said he has already discussed with the CPPO and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency the possible actions against the existence of drugs inside the CPDRC.  He also stated that he still has to appoint a full pledged jail warden at the CPDRC. Acting Jail Warden Romeo Manansala, the most senior among the guards there, is not qualified to apply for the post since he is not a college graduate.