CAMP FLORENDO, La Union – Personnel of the Police Regional Office 1 and members of the Word Riders group distributed a total of 35,000 Bibles to illegal drug surrenderers in the four Ilocos provinces on Saturday.
Ilocos PNP Chief Superintendent Gregorio Pimentel said the Bible distribution, conducted simultaneously in La Union, Pangasinan, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte, was in line with the rehabilitation and reformation of all illegal drugs persons who surrendered to authorities during the implementation of the police’s Oplan Tokhang.
“The distribution of Bibles is expected to help those persons to change or renew their lives by reading the Word of God,” Pimentel said.
Pimentel also disclosed that all the personnel of PRO1 are now undergoing internal “cleansing” to identify those with criminal and administrative cases and derogatory records.
He said he already abolished the Regional Anti-Illegal Drug Group, and will also implement a massive revamp among police chiefs, unit heads and policemen assigned in the four provincial offices.
“We are looking for a total revamp in the Ilocos region, in which all policemen will be involved. All performances of all chief of police will be reviewed and also policemen under influence or controlled beyond the PNP organization, “Pimentel said. ” If they are not following the PNP structure and were already affected by local officials, they will be reshuffled because that will affect their performance.”
He said that the anti-drug group was already totally abolished and strictly warned personnel that they will not be part of anti-illegal drug operations.
“Let the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency do the thing now and let us focus on anti-criminality and anti-corruption. But I told them, as police officers, they can still perform even without the mandate on the illegal drugs those involved are also law violators. So they are still in our anti-criminality campaign, ” Pimentel said.
Pimentel said PRO1 is not included in the issue of ‘tokhang for ransom’ because no personnel or policeman was reported to be involved in the illegal activity. JUN ELIAS/Northbound Philippines News