18 Central Luzon mayors, VMs under illegal drugs surveillance
MABALACAT CITY — Police are looking into the alleged link of 18 mayors and vice-mayors in Central Luzon to illegal drugs.
This was learned from Central Luzon Police Director Chief Superintendent Aaron Aquino during the Pampanga Peace and Order Council meeting facilitated by Governor Lilia Pineda at the Kingsborough Convention Center on Friday.
Aquino said he has directed the provincial directors and police chiefs in the whole region to clear all drug-affected barangays in their respective jurisdictions before January 2017.
“You still have until December 31 to clear your areas,” he said.
The police official also urged local officials to support the police in its anti-drugs drive to fully eradicate the drug problem.
Aquino at the same time lauded the provincial government of Pampanga for having the most number of surrenderees that reached more than 10,000 suspected drug pushers and users.
Pampanga broke the record of Tagum City in Davao where some 4,000 suspected drug pushers and users surrendered to the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the local government.
“So na break natin yung record and up to now wala pa ring hihigit sa 4000 na surrenderers in one seating,” Aquino said.
Aquino aired an apology for “pressuring” the mayors to establish the Bahay Pagbabago reformation centers in their respective cities and towns.
“Yan po kasi ang mission ko talaga. Kasi kung walang Bahay Pagbabago malamang wala lahat tayong ginagawa ngayon. DIto po nagkaroon ng one-government approach, dito nagkaroon ng linkages between the PNP, the local government units and other agencies,” Aquino said.
There are already 66,000 surrenderees in the region, according to Aquino.
He also disclosed the great decrease in rate of index crimes like theft (48 percent), homicide (60 percent), “motornapping” (28 percent), robbery (35 percent) because of the government’s drive against drugs.
“The biggest contributors of these crimes are the surrederees. Sila ho ang gumagawa ng krimen,” Aquino said.