More than 200 pushers, drug users surrender

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AT least 210 suspected drug users and pushers in the cities of Pasig, Marikina, San Juan, and Mandaluyong voluntarily surrendered to the police on Tuesday, a day before President-elect Rodrigo Duterte assumes office on June 30.

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Of the 210 individuals, 195 are male and 15 are female. They surrendered to Eastern Police District (EPD) Director Chief Supt. Elmer Jamias through the Oplan Sagip Buhay.

Senior Supt. Ariel Arcinas, EPD’s spokesperson and chief district directorial staff, said the Oplan Sagip Buhay of Pasig City aimed to give victims of illegal drugs a chance to surrender and help them change for the better. They will undergo rehabilitation and afterwards will be given livelihood so that they can start a new life.

In Marikina City, 23 drug personalities have surrendered — 18 were illegal drug users and five were pushers.

In San Juan City, nine illegal drug personalities surrendered, while in Mandaluyong City, there were more or less 100 personalities.

“The Oplan Katok or Oplan Ka-pa (Katok at Pakiusap) will culminate on July 1, 2016, and we are expecting that the said numbers of those involved in illegal drug activities who surrendered will still grow. We are still encouraging those illegal drug users and pushers to voluntarily surrender, so that they will be given a chance to have a new life and a brighter tomorrow,” Jamias said.

“The men and women of EPD will continue to fulfil their mandate and we encourage the public to report suspicious individuals and untoward incidents happening in the EPD area of responsibility by calling our Tactical Operations Center or sending a message to our social media accounts: @epdpio on Twitter and EPD PNP React on Facebook,” Jamias added.

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