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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, January 25, 2018
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‘Negros drug
source tag unfair'

Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson yesterday said it is unfair to call Negros Occidental a source of shabu as supply could be coming from neighboring provinces.

Lacson was reacting to claims that authorities in Iloilo have alleged that Negros is the source of the shabu in their area.

“I don't know where that information came from but you also hear that Cebu is the source of Negros Occidental for shabu. I think before they come up with statements like that, they should check the facts,” he said.

“Being a Negrense I don't like to believe that we are the source ofshabu for Iloilo…You must remember it's in Iloilo where three officials were on the (drug) list of President Duterte, and none here in Negros Occidental. I think that statement is unfair,” he added.

Shabu can come in through ports from Cebu, Iloilo and other neighboring provinces, he said.

Lacson said he congratulates the police for seizing P6.8 million in shabu in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental, on Tuesday night.

Lacson, former mayor of San Carlos City, pointed out that there is a port there. Everyday there are vessels that travel between Toledo in Cebu and San Carlos, he said.

On the San Carlos port being an entry port of drugs, Lacson said that has long been alleged, “We just have to be vigilant,” he said.

“The business of illegal drugs is very lucrative, people will always try (to bring in drugs). Inspiteofthe program of the present administration you can see that there are still people who try because of the income that they can generate,” he said.

Local government units that host sea ports just have to be vigilant and share intelligence with other provinces to make it is difficult for the illegal drug trade, he added.*CPG



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