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Editorial

Curbing the
illegal drugs trade

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Published by the Visayan Daily Star Publications, Inc.
NINFA R. LEONARDIA
Editor-in-Chief & President

CARLA P. GOMEZ
Editor

GUILLERMO TEJIDA III
Desk Editor
PATRICK PANGILINAN
Busines Editor

NIDA A. BUENAFE

Sports Editor
RENE GENOVE
Bureau Chief, Dumaguete
MAJA P. DELY
Advertising Coordinator

CARLOS ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA
Administrative Officer

The proliferation of illegal drugs in Negros Oriental is another challenge to our law enforcement agencies to curb the trend on their use in our community.

The provincial police command has disclosed that, based on current records, the number of suspects arrested in January and February alone this year are about 50 percent more than last year’s figures. As of today, 145 are on the target list of confirmed drug users and pushers. There are also 246 under the watch list of still unconfirmed drug personalities.

The composite anti-illegal drugs group has also recorded a total of 25.45 grams shabu seized from various drug personalities in the first two months of this year. This is quite a big leap in the accomplishment of province’s anti-illegal drugs campaign.

Our Philippine National Police provincial director has appealed for a multi-stakeholder approach in combating the local drug menace and to focus, not just on supply reduction, and the arrest and prosecution of drug peddlers, but to give the same attention to demand reduction.

All members of the community must work hand-in-hand and help our police and local barangay officials in monitoring drug personalities within our barangays by reporting promptly to the authorities their nefarious activities. It is our duty to do all we can to aid them in protecting us, especially our young people, from this menace to society.*    

 

 
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