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Bacolod City, Philippines Friday, July 1, 2016
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Golez declares war on drugs

Silay Mayor Mark Golez yesterday declared “war” against drugs, immediately after he assumed office, and said he wants to restore peace and order in the city.

Golez said the all-out war against drugs, also includes a campaign drug pushers and their patrons, as well as financiers.

Despite the numerous apprehensions made by the Silay police of suspected drug peddlers in the past several years, the illegal drug trade reportedly continues to flourish, although it has been minimized, police assessments show.

In his inaugural address, Golez said the war against drugs will be complimented by rehabilitation programs for the “addicts”.

The Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office has designated Supt. Willy Diel as the new officer-in-charge of the Silay City Police Station, effective yesterday.

The peace and order campaign was among the priorities cited by Golez which his administration will pursue in the next three years, during the oathtaking ceremony of five winning Team Asenso candidates, yesterday at the covered court of the Silay City public plaza.

Rep. Alfredo Benitez administered the oaths of office of Golez, Vice-Mayor Joedith Gallego, Councilors Mildred Garay, Thomas Ledesma and Aileen Javier.

They were also joined by Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya, Abang Lingkod Rep. Stephen Paduano, Board Member Manuel Frederick Ko, and EB Magalona Mayor Marvin Malacon, among others.

Also included in the priority programs of Golez are to achieve food sufficiency, help food processors, establish a city college, review of existing tax policies, government programs for senior citizens, and implementation of universal health care.

Golez said his administration will do its best to reclaim the lost glory of Silay, noting, “Now we see it much different from the city that was respected and held in high esteem by society”.

Benitez also promised his continued support to the progress of Silay City, under the administration of Golez, who had also served for nine years as councilor and nine more as city vice mayor.

Before achieving all of these, however, Golez said there should be a “healing process”, so unity and progress can take place.*GPB



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