Cebu City cops go around searching for druggies – with a funeral hearse in tow

CEBU CITY -– Police here Monday visited three barangays in the city searching for narcotics users and pushers under Oplan Tokhang — this time, with a funeral hearse in tow.

Chief Insp. Keith Andaya of Cebu City’s Police Station 6 said this will send the message to illegal drug peddlers that they can either surrender and ride a patrol car to the nearest police station — or end up in a hearse on the way to a grave.

“Surrender now because shabu is not good for your body. Surrender now and tell us who is your source of shabu,” Andaya said.

Policemen knocked on the houses of known drug users and pushers and asked them to stop their activities, with the funeral hearse in plain view.

Meanwhile, in total contrast, the municipal government of Liloan, Cebu launched on the same day its Operation Second Chance program to help some 1,260 persons who have yielded themselves to authorities and promised to give up illegal drugs.

Participants of the program will receive livelihood training and possible job placements to help them recover and change their lives.

“We chose to launch this on National Heroes Day because the message that we want to send across to our drug surrenderers and to their families is that we all have a hero within us,” said Liloan Mayor Christina Frasco, a lawyer.

”We want to assist them in transitioning into becoming positive and contributing members of society,” Frasco said. PNA/