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MANILA: Pres­i­dent Duterte made sure to in­clude il­le­gal drugs among press­ing top­ics at the 31st ASEAN Sum­mit, main­tain­ing, “The men­ace that is the il­le­gal drug trade con­tin­ues to en­dan­ger the very fab­ric of our so­ci­eties.” Other ASEAN lead­ers in turn reaf­firmed their com­mit­ment to es­tab­lish­ing a drug-free com­mu­nity as they wel­comed progress in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the “Work Plan on Se­cur­ing Com­mu­ni­ties Against Il­licit Drugs 2016-2025,” which calls for a suc­cess­ful and ef­fec­tive ap­proach to ad­dress il­licit drug ac­tiv­i­ties and to mit­i­gate its neg­a­tive con­se­quences to so­ci­ety, through sig­nif­i­cant and sus­tain­able re­duc­tion in il­licit crop cul­ti­va­tion, il­licit man­u­fac­ture and traf­fick­ing of drugs and drug-re­lated crimes, and preva­lence of its use. The ASEAN lead­ers also wel­comed the adop­tion of the “ASEAN Co­op­er­a­tion Plan Tack­ling Il­licit Drug Pro­duc­tion and Traf­fick­ing in the Golden Tri­an­gle 2017-2019.” The Golden Tri­an­gle refers to the bor­der re­gions be­tween Thai­land, Burma and Laos in­fa­mously known for il­le­gal drug trade and pro­duc­tion. (Roy C. Mabasa)

LEYTE: Op­er­a­tives of the Philippine Drug En­force­ment Agency (PDEA) in East­ern Visayas ar­rested a big time drug ped­dler at Zone 19, Pobla­cion, Baybay City here, over the week­end. PDEA-8 Re­gional Di­rec­tor Edgar T. Jubay said sus­pect War­ren Lim y Cahi­gos, 35, was caught in a buy-bust op­er­a­tion, yield­ing 14 heat-sealed plas­tic sa­chets of shabu with an es­ti­mated mar­ket value of ₱75,000. (Nestor L. Abre­matea)

ROMBLON:The Philippine Drug En­force­ment Agency (PDEA) has of­fi­cially de­clared Romblon a “drug clear prov­ince” in a cer­e­mony held Mon­day at Romblon State Col­lege. Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Wil­ben M. Mayor, re­gional di­rec­tor of the MIMAROPA (Ori­en­tal Min­doro, Oc­ci­den­tal Min­doro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan) po­lice, con­grat­u­lated the en­tire Romblon po­lice force for their con­tri­bu­tion in mak­ing the prov­ince free and clear from il­le­gal drugs. Mayor also thanked lo­cal cit­i­zenry and gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials for their sup­port in mak­ing Romblon the sec­ond prov­ince af­ter Batanes to have been de­clared drug-clear. The event was at­tended by PDEA As­sis­tant Re­gional Di­rec­tor Mario Ramos; PDEA Deputy Di­rec­tor Gen­eral for Op­er­a­tions Raul Lasala; Depart­ment of In­te­rior and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment (DILG) Re­gional Di­rec­tor Florida M. Di­jan; and Depart­ment of Health (DOH) Re­gional Di­rec­tor Ed­uardo Janairo. Also present were Romblon Vice Gov­er­nor Jose R. Riano and Con­gress­man Em­manuel F. Madrona. (Jerry J. Al­cayde)

TA­CLOBAN CITY: The Philippine Drug En­force­ment Agency (PDEA) re­gional of­fice in East­ern Visayas re­cently de­clared more than 400 barangays in the area drug-free. In an in­ter­view, PDEA-8 Re­gional Di­rec­tor Edgar T. Jubay said these also in­clude 10 mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, namely Balangkayan, Gen. MacArthur, Maslog, Mercedes, San Ju­lian and San Poli­car­pio, in East­ern Sa­mar; Libagon and Li­ma­sawa in South­ern Leyte; and Mo­tiong and Pagsang­jan in Sa­mar. Jubay ex­pressed op­ti­mism that with con­tin­ued ef­fort and with valu­able help from lo­cal gov­ern­ment agen­cies, more barangays and towns in East­ern Visayas will be de­clared drug-free by the end of this year.

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