Anti-drugs vigilantes on the loose- Fama

In calling for the mass surrender of illegal drug personalities, Negros Oriental Provincial Director Sr. Supt. Harris Fama raised a grim warning that they might be felled by bullets of the socalled vigilantes now roaming in the 3rd District unless they yield to the authorities.

Fama described the rabid anti-drugs group to be composed of civilians and retirees whose only objective is to summarily kill drug pushers and users.

The vigilantes were previously active in the 1st and 2nd districts and are now planning to target the drug personalities in the 3rd district.

Fama stressed that the PNP cannot give 24- hour protection to the drug suspects, hence it is better for them to surrender to the authorities if not, to the barangay officials so that their rights and lives can be preserved.

He also explained that while the municipal, city and provincial PNP are focusing on neutralizing street level drug peddlers, PDEA is responsible in running after big time pushers and drug lords including apprehending local officials involved in the illegal drugs trade.

During Tuesday’s Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs summit hundreds of PNP personnel underwent random drug tests, the second in just two weeks. Fama said that the PNP is equally focused in cleansing and purging the organization of police Sayson have also reportedly pledged to approve it when presented to the plenary.

SP member Jaime L. Reyes is also expected to join Degamo’s camp after his brother Guihulngan Mayor Guido Reyes also pledged his support to the incumbent governor after years of partisan feud.

The crucial 7th ally would depend on who would be elected President of the Philippine Councilors League on August 22. Degamo has backed ex NBI man Councilor Miguel Dungog of Siaton against the incumbent Chester Lim of Jimalalud, who has always been a reliable supporter of Vice-Governor Macias.

Of late, Degamo may have realized that control of the SP is essential in the success of his various projects considering that chamber has been dominated by his critics for the past 3 years and sharply differed with the administration’s priorities.

Meanwhile, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan elected the various chairmen of the Standing Committees with SP members Ma. Antonia E. Villegas, Atty. Edmund Dy and Atty. Rommel Erames heading three panels each.

The Steering Council is chaired by Vice- Governor Mark Macias; Villegas is elected Vice- Chairman and Atty. Erames sits as member.

Villegas chairs the powerful Committee on Accounts and Appropriations, Committee on Tourism, Culture and Arts, Women and Family; Jessica Jane Villanueva retains the Chairmanship of the Committee on Peace and Order; Atty. Dy stays as Chairman of the Committee on Education, Ways and Means and Legislative Matters; Atty. Rommel Erames is Chairman on Rules, Human Rights and Environmental Protection, Natural Resources and Energy while neophyte Kit Marc Adanza chairs the Committee on Public Utilities and Franchises. (By Dems Demecillo)

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