SURIGAO CITY – In an unprecedented move, 40 suspected shabu drug pushers in Placer town and its neighboring areas voluntarily surrendered to police and local government unit (LGU) authorities as they vowed to support incoming President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s mission to make the country drug-free.
They also vowed not to engage anymore in the illicit drug trade.
Since May 30, 2016 up to June 4, 2016, suspected shabu pushers came to Placer Municipal Police Station (MPS) in Placer town, Surigao del Norte and admitted their participation in the illegal drug trade.
Chief Inspector Manolito D. Parazo, Placer MPS chief of police, presented the surrendered drug pushers to Mayor-elect Micheal Jose Patiño. Some of them signed a covenant with the local chief executive to help law enforcers make the town drug-free.
The suspected drug pushers came from the villages of Bad-as, Sta. Cruz, Magsaysay and Poblacion, all in Placer town.
Police said 12 of the 40 persons who turned in are considered big-time drug pushers in the town.
Officials from Placer MPS did not arrest the surrenderees but gave them a second chance.
However, Chief Inspector Parazo told them that the rank-in-file of Placer MPS is closely monitoring them, warning them that if they return to the illicit drug trade they will not hesitate to arrest them and, if they resist arrest, they might be killed in the process.
The Placer police chief said they will be given a chance to reform themselves. (M. Crismundo)