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Dumaguete City, Philippines Thursday, July 7, 2016
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IN WAR AGAINST DRUGS
Fama to report to Duterte
‘uncooperative' officials
BY JUANCHO GALLARDE & JUDY F. PARTLOW

Philippine National Police acting provincial director of Negros Oriental, Senior Supt. Harris Fama, will submit to President Rodrigo Duterte a list of barangay captains and elected public officials in Negros Oriental, who failed or purposely did not attend the first anti-drug summit in Dumaguete City Tuesday.

Fama said he is not a child, but he will definitely make a report to the President, after he was asked what will happen to elected public officials, who did not honor the invitation of the PNP despite proper notice.

He said he can only suspect some of them could be users, pushers or protectors of groups or individuals involved in the illegal drug trade and other illegal activities.

Fama said if far-flung barangay officials from Basay and Canlaon City were able to come, there's no reason for elected public officials not to come because they have service vehicles.

Only six mayors and some vice mayors were present in the summit.

He also lamented some barangay officials, who refused to witness in the inventory of confiscated illegal drugs in their barangays.

One probable reason for refusal is fear of reprisal from the suspects.

But Fama said as public officials, the law mandates them to perform their duties, and the suspects are also aware of that.

Also, some may refuse because they are afraid of losing votes or that the suspects are their relatives, he added.

He said the first scheduled date of the anti-illegal drugs summit was postponed to give ample time for all invited personalities to adjust their schedules.

The first province-wide anti-illegal drugs summit was held Tuesday at the Negros Oriental Convention Center in Dumaguete City.

Fama stressed the first anti-drug summit was important for everybody in government to know and to be aware of the plans and programs of the Duterte administration.

He said he will report to PNP higher headquarters and to the Office of the President uncooperative barangay and elected public officials in the campaign against illegal drugs.

Likewise, the media's role is important in the inventory of items confiscated during search warrants and buy-bust operations, as provided for in Section 21 of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, Fama stressed.

A total of 657 people attended the anti-illegal drugs summit y, a report from the Amigo Cops Negros Oriental PNP Text Blast project said.

The attendees included 517 barangay captains, mayors, vice mayors and councilors, 134 police chiefs, PNP officials and personnel from separate units, personnel from the Philippine Army, the tri-media and five staff from the provincial DILG office.

Chief Supt. Conrad Capa, the police regional director of the Negros Island Region, and Fama initiated the activity, in collaboration with the provincial government headed by Gov. Roel Degamo, the DILG, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, National Bureau of Investigation, and the Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group.

Lectures, a short workshop on the watchlist of drug personalities, random drug testing of police personnel, and the signing of an anti-drug campaign commitment on a tarpaulin highlighted the activity.*JG/JFP

 

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