Mabalacat cops arrest 27 drug personalities

Reynaldo G. Navales

MABALACAT CITY -- At least 27 suspected illegal drug pushers and users were arrested by the local police over the past few days.

This was obtained in the accomplishment report prepared by the Mabalacat Police Station, under the leadership of Superintendent Juritz Rara and Drug Enforcement Team Leader Senior Inspector Melvin Florida.

The arrest of the drug personalities came after the intensive re-launching of the Philippine National Police’s anti-illegal drugs drive dubbed as "Oplan Double Barrel Reloaded."

"Magtinda ka man ng shabu o hindi, makakasurvive ka sa hirap ng buhay. Kapag kumapit ka sa shabu dalawa lang ang pupuntahan mo, kulungan o kaya mamamatay ka (You can still survive in life even if you sell drugs or not. If you sell drugs, you can either go to jail or die)," Florida said.

The third most wanted person in the city with an alias "Tarzan" and the top 8 most wanted under the provincial level were among the captured individuals. Five of the arrested individuals were women, police said.

Mayor Marino Morales said the City Government strongly supports President Rodrigo Duterte’s advocacy to eradicate illegal drugs all over the country.

“Dahil kawawa ang mga anak atin. Ngayong naaresto kayo, hindi naman kayo ang mahihirapan kung hindi ang mga pamilyang naiwan niyo. Dito pakakainin kayo ng gobyerno (Our children will suffer. When you are arrested, it's your family who suffers. Here, the government will feed you)," Morales said.

Vice Mayor Christian Halili warned his constituents who refused to stop from the illegal trade that the President is serious in his campaign against drugs.

“Maswerte kayo at buhay pa rin kayo hanggang ngayon dahil seryoso ang ating pangulo sa kampanya laban sa droga. Kung wala kayong kasalanan, nariyan ang korte para patunayan ang mga sarili niyo. Kung aamin naman kayo ay pagsisihan niyo ang mga nagawa niyo (You're lucky for being alive today because the President is really serious in his war against drugs. If you did nothing wrong, the court is there to prove yourselves. If you admit, you're going to regret what you did),” Halili added.