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Bacolod City, Philippines Saturday, July 2, 2016
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Drug surrenderees
in Negros now 213

The numerous killings of suspected drug peddlers nationwide, including in Negros Island, has become an effective deterrent against drug peddling and use.

The number of self-confessed drug pushers and users, who have surfaced and pledged to stop their illegal activities, in Negros Occidental, rose to 213, yesterday.

Among the 213 who surrendered to the police was Simproso de la Cruz, alias Nonoy, a former radio broadcaster, who has a pending arrest warrant for violation of RA 9165, or the Comprehensive Drug Act of 2002.

Senior Supt. William Señoron, provincial police director of Negros Occidental, reported that 158 had surrendered to the Kabankalan City Police Station, since early this week and seven others voluntarily presented themselves at the Moises Padilla Police Station, and two in EB Magalona.

Supt. Luisito Acebuche, Sipalay City police officer-in-charge, said last night that de la Cruz, who has been a fugitive for almost six years, surrendered to him yesterday in Bangga Patyo, in San Enrique town, and expressed fears for his life, because of the intensified campaign against drugs, where numerous drugs peddlers who fought against authorities, died in the process.

De la Cruz, who was able to escape during an anti-drug operation of the police in Sipalay City six years ago, was denied bail by Kabankalan Regional Trial Court Judge Rosario Ester Orda-Caise.


Senior Inspector Bonifacio Aral, EB Magalona police officer-in-charge, also reported yesterday the surrender of two self-confessed drug peddlers, who ranked numbers one and eight respectively, in the drug watchlist of the town police.

Both pledged before Mayor Marvin Malacon to stop their illegal drug trade activities and also raised concerns about their safety.

Last week, 45 others in La Carlota City also pledged to stop their involvement in the illegal drug trade and using prohibited drugs.

Señoron attributed this to the cooperation of barangay officials, who managed to convince identified drug personalities and users in their respective areas, to stop their illegal activities, by signing a covenant.

The Police Regional Office 18 requires all barangay captains, who will participate in the anti-drug summit on July 5 at the L' Fisher Hotel in Bacolod City, to submit a list of drug peddlers and users in their barangays.

Señoron said they will continue to monitor the activities of suspected drug peddlers, who had pledged to stop engaging in drug peddling activities.

Investigations of the police showed that the drug peddlers aired apprehensions that they could be the next victims, citing numerous killings of suspected drug peddlers and drug lords nationwide.

Four drug suspects have been killed in Negros Oriental, and another one in Negros Occidental last month alone, police records showed.

Supt. Moises Villaceran, PRO 18 Police Community Relations chief, said that 832 local government officials, including those in the barangay, members of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and National Police, representatives of the Department of Interior and Local Government as well as Dangerous Drug Board, have already signified their intention to participate in the anti-drug summit next week.*GPB



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