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Thursday, August 18, 2016

#PartnerForChange: TitayPNP supports Duterte

by: Rhea Grace A. La Plana

Titay, Zamboanga Sibugay – It cannot be denied that illegal drugs is one of the root causes of criminality.

When President Rodrigo Dutertetook over the presidency, the Philippine National Policelaunched an intensive campaign against illegal drugs called Project Double Barrel aimed to eliminate the drug menace in the country.

The community became aware and the Barangay Anti-Drugs Abuse Councils (BADACs)were revitalized through the intensive conduct of OplanTokhang in Titay town. PNP personnel conducted its operation and netted about 1,120 personalities involved in illegal drugs who voluntarily surrendered, including 28 pushers and 97 minors.

“Criminals are starting to be reluctant in conducting nefarious activities as observed in the decreasing crime incidents in the area. President Duterte’s serious campaign against drugs has brought a big impact in society. The roots of the poisonous trees are being cut in order for its branches and leaves to grow no more” opined Police Chief Inspector Mickel B. Argus,Titay chief of police.

The PNP is presently conducting surveillance of targets, securing search warrant and conducting buy bust operations. On the other hand, the police-community relations (PCR) focuses on awareness and information dissemination regarding Project Double Barrel and continues to seek support and cooperation from barangay captains and the community.

Based on the drug watchlist, among those who surrendered were five (5) of top drug personalities in Titay while another two (2) were arrested through a buy-bust operation.

“Aside from our mandate to serve and protect the citizenry, being the chief of police, I will give my all-out support to the present administration by religiously monitoring the implementation of the illegal drugs campaign. With my team, I will conduct checking of all personalities allegedly involved in illegal drugs, including PNP personnel,” added Argus.

“We will maximize our effort as it is our duty to combat criminality and maintain peace and order in our area. The hope of Titay, our province and the whole nation does not rest upon the PNP’s shoulders only, but upon us all in coordination with the rest of the agencies. We need to work hand in hand and double our efforts because the president has already promised to double our salaries,” Argus concluded with wit and humor.