Police: No exemption in Camanava fight vs drugs

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“Walang sasantuhin, walang sisinuhin. [No one will be exempted, no one will be spared].”

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This is how PO3 Dil Villanueva described Northern Police District (NPD) acting head, Chief Supt. Eric Serafin Reyes’ renewed order to all police chiefs of the Camanava (Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, and Valenzuela City) area to step up the campaign against drug trafficking and other criminal activities in their respective turfs.

The NPD’s District Anti-Illegal Drugs (DAID) head, Chief Insp. Ronald Perilla, confirmed that Reyes renewed the call because of the incoming Duterte administration’s campaign to put an end to the drug menace in the country.

“Dati pa hong order ni General Reyes ‘yong order against illegal drugs,” PO3 Villanueva said. “Nag-order ulit siya. [General Reyes had previously given an order against illegal drugs. He only renewed his directive].”

Reyes echoed the statement of incoming Philippine National Police chief Ronald de la Rosa that no one is excluded in the fight against illegal drugs.

De la Rosa said all persons involved in illegal drugs will be finished off.

How his directive will be implemented is a big challenge in Camanava where the peddling of illegal drugs are notoriously rampant.

In January, the PNP anti-drug unit arrested two drug dealers in Barangay Lawang Bato in Valenzuela City, which resulted in the confiscation of P180 million worth of ‘shabu.’
Police have described Barangay Lawang Bato as a haven of drug trafficking.

In Caloocan, a publicly known ‘shabu tiangge’ in Barangay Tala was raided by different anti-narcotics units of the PNP in August last year, resulting in the arrest of 20 suspected drug pushers and users.

In 2013, a volunteer of the National Bureau of Investigation was killed during a drug operation, and among veteran police reporters covering the Camanava area, Barangay Tala is known to be notorious in drug trafficking.

They even confirmed the presence of a ‘shabu tiangge’ there, but police in Caloocan City presently headed by Senior Supt. Bartolome Bustamante appear not to be aggressive in putting an end to it.

All the police chiefs in Camanava area are expected to carry out Reyes’ marching orders.

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