Bataan drug dealers, users presented to ‘Bato’

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BALANGA CITY, Bataan: Over 600 confessed drug users and dealers on Friday were presented to Philippine National Police Director Director General, Chief Superintendent Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa, and were assured of support in their resolve to reform.

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Wearing white shirts, the drug dependents coming from different towns in Bataan pledged to the PNP chief that they will not go back to their old ways and, accepted the reform offered by the police.

De la Rosa also inaugurated the Bahay Pag-asa Reformation Center annex in Barangay Lamao in Limay town. The two-story building is an abandoned barracks of the PNP that can accommodate 100 drug addicts for rehabilitation.

De la Rosa lauded the Bataan PPO for establishing the centers to help drug-dependents who wanted to reform as the PNP intensified its drive to rid the country of illegal drugs as directed by President Duterte.

“It is better that you surrender and reform than be the target of the long arm of the law,” he told them.

Meanwhile, the Bataan police director, Senior Supt. Benjamin Silo, said “Pushers and users are welcome to undergo rehabilitation in these centers. They will have the opportunity to reflect and have additional skills through trainings to be given by Tesda (Technical Education and Skills Development Authority).”

 ERNIE B. ESCONDE

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