It took the serious campaign of President Rodrigo Duterte against the proliferation of prohibited drugs for former Sagay City Vice Mayor Joseph Gerald Marañon, to opt for rehabilitation.
Marañon, son of the late Governor Joseph Marañon, yesterday joined thousands of pushers and users in Negros Occidental, who surrendered to the police in Negros Occidental, and pledged to stop using prohibited drugs.
Senior Supt. William Señoron, provincial police director of Negros Occidental, yesterday said that Joseph Gerald wanted to change his life for the better. “He ( Joseph Gerald) is willing to undergo rehabilitation”, Señoron said.
Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., who met his nephew, in the presence of Chief Supt. Conrado Capa, regional police director of Negros island, at Camp Alfredo Montelibano Sr. in Bacolod City, admired the courage of Joseph Gerald to go for rehabilitation, Señoron said.
Joseph Gerald, accompanied by his friend, surrendered to Señoron.
His surrender came as a surprise for the Philippine National Police, which is now investigating reports of local government officials either hooked into drugs, or allegedly linked into the illegal activities, in Negros Occidental.
Three municipal employees of Murcia town, who are using prohibited drugs, were among the 119 individuals, who have surrendered to the police, since last week.
In almost two weeks of implementing the Oplan Tokhang campaign, Señoron reported that a total of 1,529 self-confessed pushers and users who surrendered to the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, with 300 more still being documented.
He, however, stressed that they will not stop monitoring the activities of those who surrendered.*GPB
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