San Juan drug users undergo spiritual counseling

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San Juan Vice Mayor Janella Ejercito-Estrada said the city government has partnered with Christ’s Commission Fellowship (CCF) to provide spiritual counselling to hundreds of the city’s drug users who have surrendered. This is being done through the CCF’s Sipag at Pag-asa, a faith-based program that started two weeks ago. Estrada said that so far, a total of 663 drug suspects (542 of whom are male) have surrendered to the police; 37 drug suspects have been arrested with one killed during an encounter with operatives; and 13 drug suspects have been killed by unidentified assailants. The city government over the weekend conducted mandatory drug tests on elected officials and appointed personnel. Estrada and Mayor Guia Gomez led officials in taking the drug test to show that they are “serious in eradicating illegal drugs in the city.” Officials and employees found positive for use of illegal drugs will have to undergo rehabilitation for six months, but will be dismissed or suspended from their jobs if they refused to do so as stated in a city ordinance, Estrada said. Gomez recalled that at least 21 city hall employees had been dismissed from their jobs after testing positive for drug use in the last four years.

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