LINGAYEN, Pangasinan: The city of Alaminos was the first city while the town of Basista is the fifth and the latest municipality to be declared drug-free here.
Senior Supt. Ronald Oliver-Lee, Pangasinan provincial police chief, told The Manila Times that a drug-free marker was installed in Alaminos recently by regional director, Chief Supt. Charlo Collado, and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Region 1 director, Joeffrey Tacio.
Similarly, the town of Basista and one of its villages – Barangay Obong – were also declared free of illegal drugs.
Other towns in the province earlier declared drug-free are Santo Tomas, Agno, Natividad and Laoac.
Lee added that from July 1, 2016 to date, showed 1,341 drug pushers and 207 users arrested.
The number of deaths in police operations was 33, including a policeman and two village chairmen.