CPPO welcomes Garcia’s all-out war declaration against drugs

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THE Cebu Police Provincial Office (CPPO) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Central Visayas (PDEA 7) welcomed the declaration of Governor Gwendolyn Garcia to go all-out war against illegal drugs.

Police Lieutenant Colonel Mark Gifter Sucalit, deputy provincial director for operations of CPPO, said the responsibility to fight illegal drugs not only lies with the police and PDEA, but all the government agencies.

Sucalit said that due to the governor's declaration, they will strengthen their anti-illegal drugs campaign in the province with the PDEA 7 as the lead agency.

“Wala ta mohunong, but again this is a welcome development sa amua kay ang approach o strategy sa gobyerno dili man lang (drug) supply nga reduction which is the fight of the PDEA which is the lead agency and the PNP is the support agency. Sa amua nalipay mi nga naa ang laing ahensiya like for example DepEd and other agencies, including LGUs, giawhag na sa atoang gobernador nga motabang sila," Sigun ni Sucalit.

(We did not stop, but again this is a welcome development in our part since the approach or strategy of the government is not only to reduce the drug supply, which is the fight of PDEA being the lead agency and the PNP as the support agency. For us, we're happy that other agencies like DepEd (Department of Education) and other agencies including LGUs (local government units) have been encouraged by the governor to help).

The police official said that most crimes such as robbery and theft, among others, are drug-related.

Sucalit said their enhanced campaign against illegal drugs has reduced the crime rates in Cebu compared to the previous years.

"We will not relax but of course, we should sustain our efforts, so eventually, our higher aim is to really eradicate social menace which is the illegal drugs," he added.

Data from the CPPO showed that P119.8 million worth of illegal drugs were confiscated from January 2022 to August 2022 in police operations.

The CPPO warned the drug personalities in Cebu to discontinue their illegal business as they are now intensifying the war against drugs after getting the governor's support.

There are also drug personalities who had links with big-time drug lord that are being monitored by the police if they have returned to their usual work.

PDEA 7 Director Levi Ortiz also expressed support to the governor's declaration, saying it will encourage them in the fight against illegal drugs especially that they are the lead agency.

Ortiz said they will respect the rights of drug personalities during anti-illegal drug operation but said they are willing to retaliate if the suspects put up a fight.

"At least, we have seen that the good governor is really focused on illegal drugs. She really saw the damage done by illegal drugs," said Ortiz.

Garcia made the declaration in front of city mayors and some officials of the national government during a joint council meeting with the provincial development council, peace and order council, anti-drug abuse council and disaster risk reduction and management council on Thursday, September 15, 2022, at the Capitol. (AYB, TPT)