CEBU CITY — Police have seized more than a billion pesos worth of shabu and marijuana in central Visayas in one year.
Police Regional Office-Central Visayas (PRO 7) seized 164,634.50 grams of shabu and 194,172.57 grams of marijuana with a combined value of P1,142,815,308.50 from September 29 of the year last to the first week of September this year.
PRO 7 released the numbers on Friday, September 16, as it pledged to continue the war on drugs under the administration of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.
Brig. General Roque Eduardo Vega said that upon taking office as regional director of PRO 7, police plans, programs and strategies were streamlined to strengthen the campaign against illegal drugs in the Central Visayas.
Vega supported Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia’s “total and all-out war on drugs.”
“Alongside the Cebu Provincial Government, PRO 7 remains committed to the campaign against illegal drugs and strengthens its focus on prevention and youth education, aligning itself with the leader, PNP M+K+K=K (Malaskit, Kaayusan, Kapayapaan and Kaunlaran program).
Vega said the relentless operations of the anti-crime campaign led to a decrease in crimes committed during the period.
At the joint meeting of the Provincial Development Council, Peace and Order Council, Anti-Drug Council and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council on Thursday, September 15, Garcia said that most crimes emanated from illegal drug use.
She said the province must do everything possible against illegal drugs to enable Cebu to improve peace and order.
“I would like to make a statement now here in the presence of all of our chief executives and other officials of national government agencies that, here at this time, Cebu is declaring an all-out, all-out war on drugs,” Garcia said at the Capitol meeting. .
“I hope that all mayors and heads of our national government agencies will join me here in this statement from Cebu Province: Total and Total War on Drugs,” she added.
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