Drug users, ‘grass’ farmers surrender

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CAMP DANGWA, La Trinidad, Benguet: At least 85 drug users and marijuana cultivators surrendered to Cordillera police under “TOKHANG” (Toktok-Hangyo or knock and plead) operated on the first day of July.

Cordillera police spokesperson Supt. Cherry Fajardo said that in Mt. Province, eight drug users – four top suspects turned themselves in to Bauko policemen assisted by barangay officials, while four others gave themselves up to Bontoc authorities.

In Benguet, 77 marijuana cultivators and drug users (60 of them identified as marijuana cultivators) from the villages of Badeo and Tacadang in Kibungan town voluntarily surrendered to policemen. Seven other drug users submitted themselves to La Trinidad authorities.

In Mankayan, seven drug users accompanied by their relatives and barangay officials also voluntary surrendered, while two others from Itogon and another from Tuba town also turned themselves in.

They vowed to stop taking drugs and planting marijuana, as they signed a covenant to lead a new life, according to Fajardo. Those who will be profiled and undertake a drug test will be given a second chance. Authorities, however, will monitor them so that if they go back to their old ways, they will face the iron fist of the government.

Before their surrender, Benguet’s number 9 in the Drug Personality watch list and number 3 in the Ten Most Wanted Persons in Kibungan, marijuana cultivator Oliver Padiw Tay-ew, was arrested in Tamog-o, Poblacion.

Ifugao’s number 1 in the watch list, suspected drug pusher Dennis Padilan Bulahao, was also nabbed in his house in Barangay Poblacion West, Lagawe town. Seized from him was a heat-sealed plastic sachet of shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) and P500 marked money.

In Baguio City, two Maranao vendors were caught in a series of buy-bust operations. They were identified as Ombao Tiboron Sultan and Alimodin Mangompiya Langco, residents of Barangay Happy Homes, who were caught selling shabu.

Seized from Sultan were P500 marked money, three sachets of shabu, a disposable lighter, a homemade .38-caliber revolver, a stainless Colt.45-caliber pistol with “Gold Cup National Match” markings, ammunition, and a Maranao identification card.

Langco was found with two heat-sealed plastic sachets of shabu, marked money, assorted drug paraphernalia, a cell phone, and seven pieces of live ammunition for .38-caliber revolver.

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