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Commentary: Marching orders for Pangasinan PNP

By Behn Fer. Hortaleza, Jr.

DAGUPAN CITY (5 September) -- WE are glad House Speaker Jose C. de Venecia has finally come around to personally and publicly sound the call to the cops of Regional Police Director Pol Bataoil and Provincial Police Director Isagani Nerez for the arrest, repeat, arrest of drugs and gambling lords in Pangasinan, especially in the fourth district, his district.

He's right, the Speaker's correct: "Only when we arrest wrongdoers and those who would prostitute our province and our youth can we make them believe that we mean business."

The marching order given to Bataoil, Nerez and their officers and men should mean we will see action from the uniformed ones in the next few days or weeks as, by the Speaker's directive, they have just been held fully and publicly accountable should the two major social problems, drugs and gambling, especially jueteng, persist.

The police cannot forever play dumb and blind to the proliferation of jueteng, for instance, as the cobradores are practically everywhere, even getting bets right under the noses of policemen. While drugs, or the peddling of it, are done still rather surreptitiously and on the sly, jueteng bet solicitation is as open as Bataoil's and Nerez's offices to select mediawomen.

It helps that some fine officers like Dagupan Police Chief Dionisio Borromeo have come along to do battle with the drug menace in the city, hauling in the pushers and keeping youths indoors at night where these have no business being out on the dim streets and street corners. You're a teener and you're out on the street beyond 11 pm., Borromeo's cops will ask you why. This vigilance should pay dividends as street drug trade has proliferated here for years now under cover of darkness.

We certainly hope the "crackdown" will expand to watch those bicycle-riding chaps in barangays who are the runners of jueteng operators. It doesn't take a detective to spot these, if only barangay officials will cooperate.

Then can we say the Speaker's words and orders were not in vain. (PIA-Pangasinan) [top]

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