Romblon, PH’s 2nd drug-free area

Manila Bulletin - - Luzon News -

CALA­PAN CITY, Ori­en­tal Min­doro — The prov­ince of Romblon has been de­clared drug-free, be­ing the sec­ond prov­ince to be cleared of il­le­gal drugs in the coun­try by the Philippine Drug En­force­ment Agency (PDEA) af­ter Batanes. Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Wil­ben Mayor, di­rec­tor of the Po­lice Re­gional Of­fice 4-B, con­firmed the val­i­da­tion and dec­la­ra­tion of Romblon as a drug-free area last Mon­day at a cer­e­mony held at the Romblon State Col­lege. While there have been pock­ets of il­le­gal drugs use in Romblon, the prov­ince is known to be peace­ful and where the il­le­gal drugs use would not likely thrive, said Mayor. In the course of the year-and-ahalf war on drugs waged by po­lice upon the as­sump­tion of Pres­i­dent Duterte to power, only 47 il­le­gal drugs per­son­al­i­ties were col­lared in Romblon, in­clud­ing 13 high-value tar­gets tagged by po­lice as the ma­jor source of the il­le­gal drugs. (Aaron B. Re­cuenco and Jerry J. Al­cayde)

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