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Regional police step up drive against illegal drugs

SAN FERNANDO CITY – The war on drugs can only be won with the mutual support of   every sector of the community, this was emphasized by the police regional director during a seminar on illegal drugs held here recently.

“It should be underscored that the war on drugs is the shared responsibility of all peace-loving citizens; it can only be won with the mutual support and cooperation of every sector of the community, including our partners from the media.  I therefore urge every-one to do his or her share in this common endeavor,” Police Regional Director Chief Supt. Orlando M. Mabutas said during a two-day seminar which was hosted by the police regional office here in close coordination with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Regional Office 1 (PDEA-RO1) as part of their stepped up drive against illegal drugs in Region 1.

Police Regional Director Chief Superintendent Orlando M. Mabutas said the seminar was aimed to upgrade  the participants’ knowledge on R.A. 9165, also known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2001, and its implementing rules.

“Kailangang kabisado natin ang mga batas upang magka-roon tayo ng kumpiyansa sa pagpapatupad ng mga ito.  We can do our jobs much better if we know the proper way to do them in the first place,” Mabutas said.

The seminar was participa-ted in by 75 personnel from PDEA-RO1; the Regional Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Opera-tions Task Group (RAID-SOTG); the Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Opera-tions Task Group (PAIDSOTG) of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union and Pangasinan; the chiefs of La Union municipal and city police stations; members of the PRO1 Directorial Staff; and officers from the Regional Legal Service 1 and the Regional Crime Laboratory Office 1.

“Go all out against drugs.  That is our marching order.  We still have a lot of work to do, and to be able to accomplish them, we need to further improve our systems and procedures.  Lumalabas kasi sa ating pagsusuri na maraming kaso ng droga ang nakakalusot dahil kulang ang kaalaman ng ating mga operatiba at imbes-tigador sa mga batas na umiiral patungkol sa ipinagbabawal na gamot,” Mabutas said.

Mabutas acknowledged PDEA-RO1 Director Roberto Opeña for initiating the activity which he said also contributes to the strengthening of the working partnership among law enforcement agencies and other sectors of the community.#