Two barangays in Dumaguete City, that are considered hot spots, in the proliferation of illegal drugs, were visited recently by personnel of the Dumaguete City Police as part of Operation Double Barrel Reloaded.
Headed by the chief of police, Supt. Jovito Atanacio, police personnel and barangay officials revisited surrenderers under Oplan Tokhang of barangays Looc and Cadawinonan.
Atanacio said the re-visitation is aimed at making sure the personalities are accounted for, aside from verifying their present status, after a lull of almost two months in the anti-drug operation.
He told residents during the first visit of efforts to declare 15 barangays as drug-free this year. Atanacio further urged them to be one in refusing pushers, users and transients to dwell in their neighborhood or to immediately report their presence to persons in authorities in the barangay, or directly to the police.
He coined this community action as “Tugkarannyo, hinlo-an nyo,” which means driving away unidentified individuals who are pushing drugs in their areas.
Looc Barangay Captain Angelita Ragay cautioned drug personalities in Looc, who are still indulged in illegal drugs that the government is serious in addressing this problem to save their families and their children.
Ragay issued a stern warning against those who allowed their residences as “garlugans” or pot session areas, that she will not hesitate to remove and destroy their walls (“ibtanay ta ogbongbong”) and that she is willing to be imprisoned if only to save the future of children in Looc.
“I know who you are, but if you refused to heed my call, then I will do what is required of me,” Ragay said.
A suspected “garlugan” was also visited by the police and Ragay.
After Looc, the team went to the housing project in Cadawinonan, to make an accounting of surrenderers under Oplan Tokhang with Barangay Captain Guiling Binondo and her kagawads.*JG
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