Over 52 drug personalities surrender in Ilocos Norte

SAN NICOLAS, Ilocos Norte -— With an intensified drive to eradicate drugs nationwide, more drug personalities from various parts of the province have surrendered to police authorities.

On Sunday, at least 34 drugs pushers and users from six villages in San Nicolas town voluntarily surrendered and executed their affidavits as they pledgde not to get involved in drugs again and cooperate with the Philippine National Police in their campaign against illegal drugs.

Inspector Clemente Ceralde, San Nicolas chief of police said that in collaboration with the local government unit, these drug personalities will undergo drug testing and later on submit themselves to a psychiatrist for counseling and guidance for them to abandon drugs for good.

“After they surrender, there will be some intervention for them. Then, we will monitor if they are really sincere to change,” Ceralde said in a radio interview.

“If along the process we will find out that they still continue their drug activity, then the PNP has no other recourse but to arrest them,” Ceralde said, citing they are expecting more others to surrender. “Whether they like it or not, the government is sincere on its call to stop drugs,” he stressed.

On the same day, at least 18 drug personalities under the watch list of the Burgos town police in the first district of Ilocos Norte voluntarily submitted themselves to the Philippine National Police and agreed to rehabilitate themselves.

Said individuals composed of ordinary construction worker, tricycle driver, farmer and village officials among others took their oath on Sunday morning as witnessed by the Burgos PNP personnel led by Inspector Arnold Yarcia, town mayor Rodolfo Garcia and members of the Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council. PNA/northboundasia.com