In line with the Philippine National Police’s intensified campaign against illegal drugs, nearly 4,000 illegal drug pushers and users in Region 12 had surrendered to the authorities, as reported by Philippine News Agency (PNA).
Supt. Romeo Galgo Jr., Public Information Officer of the Police Regional Office (PRO) 12, said 2,490 of them are from South Cotabato, 1,342 from Sultan Kudarat, 114 from this city and 12 from North Cotabato.
The said suspects vowed to lead transformed lives and will reject illegal activities.
Over a thousand alleged drug pushers and users gave up in Sultan Kudarat in a ceremony held at the provincial gymnasium in Isulan town.
Incoming Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael Sueno had witnessed the activity.
The PRO-12 earlier urged drug personalities in the region to voluntarily surface to local police units. Those who surrendered will be assisted to ensure that they stay completely away from illegal drugs activities.
“This campaign is part of our enhanced illegal drug reduction efforts,” Galgo said.
Galgo also said that those who want to undergo drug rehabilitation will be assisted by PRO-12 in coordination with local stakeholders.
The office would also link with concerned local government units as well as with the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority for the provision of livelihood assistance for those who would surrender.
“We will help ensure their proper reintegration in our communities,” Galgo added.