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CHR warns drug users’ relapse


The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) warns that unless fully rehabilitated, the over 10,875 voluntary drug surrenderees from Negros Oriental might in due time, return to their vices and could do more harm than good, even if they are already recorded in the PNP headquarters.

The CHR field investigator Jess Cañete has enjoined the public especially parents of drug dependents to keep them out of the streets or be sorry later when something happens to them, and then ran to the commission for help.

The statement was issued by Cañete following an incident in barangay Cangmating, Sibulan on Friday, August 26, where 56-year old woman was attacked by a rehabilitated addict.

This is not a joke he said because of the trend nowadays that individuals who call themselves as vigilantes may take advantage of the situation and put the law into their own hands.

Cañete had successfully patched up a complaint raised by a certain Jesusa Fundador, who hails from Mandapaton, La Libertad against Rodel Abellar, 28 years old, single, who boxed her in the face without provocation, prompting her to fall down, with blood oozing from her right eyebrow.

Fundador was waiting for a tricycle ride when without provocation, Rodel Abellar attacked her, not knowing the latter had mental health problems because of addiction. She went immediately to the police station.

According to Cañete, Abellar’s parents are so cooperative, that upon learning the incident, immediately brought their son back to the rehabilitation center.

Retired police officer Paquito Abellar, father of Rodel, appeared at the CHR office today to apologize for what his son did to the woman and offered to shoulder the hospital expenses of more than P10,000 plus the lost income of the victim for ten days.

Fundador is a utility worker at Silliman University Medical Center Foundation Inc, under BBC.

The retired police officer said son Rodel came out of the rehabilitation center about a year ago, and had noticed that something went wrong lately. He said, Rodel is addicted to solvents like rugby.

Cañete said an incident like this could happen anywhere in cushioning the public to prevent this from happening in the future. Whatever happens, it will still be the responsibility of the parents, the CHR special investigator pointed out.


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