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Bacolod City, Philippines Friday, February 2, 2018
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‘Make campaign
vs. drugs 24/7'

Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia said that while Bacolod City is not among those seriously infested by illegal drugs, he believes the campaign against illegal substance should be a 24/7 concern.

Leonardia said he has always reiterated to the police that they give priority to the anti-drug campaign in Bacolod City.

Since it's a serious problem, it is being given top priority by the President and we don't want Bacolod to be left behind, he said.

“I believe that Bacolod is not a hot spot. We may have problems, but we are not among those that can be considered very seriously infested,”

But it is best that we, somehow try to eradicate or minimize the drug problem to the barest minimum.Where the anti-drug campaign is concerned, it should be a 24/7 concern and should be given continuous attention.

Leonardia said he also believes that all points of entry to the city should be strictly monitored. Random checks should also be conducted on small sea vessels.

Meanwhile, aresolution respectfully requesting the Bacolod City Police Office through acting police director Sr. Supt. Francisco Ebreo, to  instruct his 10 police station commanders to closely monitor the strict adherence of their field personnel to the rule of law and the new operational guidelines in the conduct of anti-drug operations.

The resolution authored by Councilor Sonya Verdeflor said that, following the release of New Police Guidelines on anti-illegal drug operations, the Department of the Interior and Local Government and the National Police Commission will closely monitor the strict adherence of the Philippine National Police to the rule of law and the new operational guidelines during anti-drug operations;

DILG officer-in-charge Eduardo.Año, said the Department, through the NAPOLCOM, will keep a close eye on the PNP's implementation of the new guidelines to ensure that allegations of human rights violations against police officers involved in anti-illegal drugs operations will be a thing of the past.

The resolution said that with the issuance of the guidelines, it is hoped that Año, who is also the concurrent chairperson of NAPOLCOM, will be ably guided as they provide active support to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in the anti-illegal drugs campaignand NAPOLCOM will be proactive in ensuring that these guidelines are fulfilled with diligence.

T he DILG chief reiterated his call that double salary means double time in serving the people.   He said he demanded accountability from the police officers, emphasizing that with the salary increase, they should shape up or ship out.  He added that the 100% increase in salaries also means that the PNP should double their efforts in weeding out the bad eggs in the police organization.*CGS






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