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DDB cites Region 8 LCEs, PNP officers for support to fight vs illegal drugs

Tacloban City (February 25) -- In an awards rites on February 26, the Dangerous Drugs Board is scheduled to formally give due recognition to the Region 8 local chief executives and police officers for their unwavering support in the government?s fight to suppress illicit drug trafficking and abuse in the country.

Dangerous Drugs Board Vice Chairman, Undersecretary Clarence Paul Oaminal, in an interview with the Philippine Information Agency said that the awarding will have two parts.

The first awarding activity will be held at about 11:00 o?clock in the morning at the SALAG Drug Rehabilitation Center in Dulag, Leyte, where DDB will present an award to former Leyte Governor and First District of Leyte Congresswoman Remedios Loretto Petilla who when she was the chairperson of the Regional Development Council, was instrumental in putting up the SALAG rehabilitation center, the first and only one in the Region.

Usec Oaminal disclosed that the Dangerous Drugs Board is also set to provide additional funding support to SALAG.

The second awarding activity is scheduled at 2:00 o?clock in the afternoon at the Police Regional Office 8 at Camp Kangleon, Palo, Leyte.

The awarding will start with the turn-over of 18 bricks of cocaine, still part of the December cocaine heist in Samar Island, from the PNP to the PDEA, Usec Oaminal said.

This will be followed by the presentation of awards to the local chief executives and the police officers, whose dedication to service led to the recovery of bulk quantities of cocaine last December.

The immediate action of the local chief executives and officers of the Police in the Region, and the cooperation of the community prevented the drug syndicates from taking hold of the cocaine shipment and the possible illegal distribution and use of the subject drug, Usec Oaminal added.

The awardees include the governors of Eastern Samar and Northern Samar, Governor Ben Evardone and Governor Raul Daza, respectively; the corresponding past and current Provincial Police Directors; the mayors of Borongan City and Catarman; the Regional head of the AFP Tactical Operations Group, Lt. Col. Anselmo Junsay, the PNP Regional Director and the PDEA Director in the Region, Director Julius Navales. (PIA 8) [top]

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