Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) PSSupt. Director Clifford B. Gairanod expressed his thanks to Governor Hilario Davide III for the governor’s continuous solid support on the fight against illegal drugs.
During the Limpyo Probinsya forum held last July 5 at the Capitol Dignitaries Hall, Gairanod praised Gov. Davide for his steadfast and unswerving stand against illegal drugs.
“Nagpasalamat ko ug dako nga ang atong pinalanggang gobernador nag supporta na pud nato ug ang suporta nga gihatag niya sa atua wa nato siya pakyasa,” Gairanod said.
Limpyo Probinsya first launched in 2011 by the CPPO in partnership with the Cebu Provincial Government through the Cebu Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Commission (CPADAC).
The fifth installment of Limpyo Probinsya, as reported by PRO7 Regional Director PCSupt. Noli Galsim Talino, was a success. It yielded P11.211 million worth of illegal drugs from 136 suspects from the 83 operations conducted in a week-long anti-drug operation last June 17 to 23, 2016.
Five of the suspected drug personalities were killed during the drug raids.
Also, in her statement during the forum, CPADAO Executive Director Carmen Durano-Meca echoed the words of President Rodrigo Duterte that the campaign against illegal drugs must be “relentless and sustained.”
“My understanding is, let us not give the enemies of the State time to gather strength or evade our actions,” said Meca.
“Hand in hand, with the law enforcement agencies’ actions, we are mobilizing the participation and support of our community,” she added.
That same afternoon, during the 69th anniversary of the Philippine Air Force (PAF), President Duterte tagged three active and two retired generals in the illegal drug trade namely: Chief Superintendent Bernardo Diaz; Chief of NCR Police Joel Pagdilao; Quezon City Police Chief Superintendent Edgardo Tinio; Director PNP General Vicente Loot (Ret.); and PNP Deputy Director Gen. Marcelo Garbo (Ret.);
Meanwhile, last July 7, during a press conference, Mayor Vicente Loot, answered the allegations thrown at him by President Duterte.
Loot said the controversy is not new to him and his family. “We’re always hounded with this controversy because my wife is the richest mayor in the entire region,” he said.
“In politics, you are guilty until proven otherwise,” he added, ‘I am being tried publicly.”
In a separate interview, Governor Davide said that President Duterte would not release such list of drugs protectors unless he has solid and valid reasons to do so.
Moreover, Davide mentioned that the drug epidemic is not just a government problem. He called on the private sector to help those who voluntarily surrendered for drug rehabilitation.
The challenge, he said, is how to help the drug surrenderees sustain their commitment to change, where to rehabilitate them, and how to help them become productive through sustainable livelihood programs. Katrina Diaz