THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has declared five more barangays in Quezon City as drug-cleared bringing to 30 the total number of areas free from the illegal drug activities.
A visibly-elated QC Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte said that this accomplishment was the result of continuous drug clearing operations and several intervention programs the local government implements.
Belmonte also chairs the QC Anti-Drug Abuse Advisory Council (QCADAAC).
“We have been enhancing our efforts to combat illegal drugs in our city and the number added to our drug-cleared barangays is the result of that. The next step for these barangays is to help them become drug-resistant so that they can maintain being drug-cleared,” she said.
Among the new drug-cleared barangays in the city are Barangay Dioquino Zobel, Escopa I, Camp Aguinaldo, Blue Ridge B, and Ugong Norte – all from District III.
As per Dangerous Drug Board (DDB), among the criteria for a barangay to be declared as drug-free are the non-existence of illegal drug supply, a drug transit and clandestine laboratory or warehouse, the absence of a drug pusher and the active participation of the local government in the fight against illegal drugs.
Belmonte said the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has named QC as among the local government units (LGUs) which is actively spearheading the campaign against the menace that rewarded the city with 100 functionality points along with 20 others.
Drug pusher dies in shootout.
A suspected drug pusher who allegedly had gone big-time was killed by police after he allegedly engaged lawmen in a shootout during a sting yesterday before dawn in Valenzuela City.
Roderick Javier, alias “Eric Demonyo”, 45, of No. 198 Pabilonia St. Bgy. Isla, succumbed to bullet wounds in the body.
Valenzuela police chief Col. David Nicolas Poklay said elements of Station Drug Enforcement Unit (SDEU) conducted a buy-bust against the suspect outside his house at around 1:30 a.m. after more than a week of surveillance operation.
PO1 Boy Arce acted as poseur-buyer and received a plastic sachet of shabu from the suspect in exchange for P500 marked money. However, the suspect sensed the approaching policemen, he drew his firearm and fired twice towards the direction of lawmen prompting the operatives to return fire hitting the suspect.
With Edd Reyes