Tanods tapped vs drug pushers in M'lang

Piñol said the tanods will monitor the possible entry of prohibited drugs and may arrest suspected drug pushers. 

He said the town was “pusher-free” although some residents have been caught possessing illegal drugs.

The suspected drug users said they bought the illegal drugs from the neighboring town of Kabacan, he explained.

He quickly added there is no drug factory in Mlang. 

A monitoring by the Philippine Drugs Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-12 showed that illegal drugs proliferated in the towns of Kabacan, Midsayap, Pikit and Kidapawan City.

“To eradicate illegal drugs each one must do his share. Reporting to the authorities any suspicious persons is enough to preempt possible illegal activity in your place,” Piñol said.

The mayor instructed Inspector Eldy Magbanua, the town’s chief of police, to coordinate with village officials especially in conducting operations against illegal drugs to protect the rights of suspects.

Despite the campaign police said some teenagers were still using illegal drugs, particularly marijuana and shabu (called poor man’s cocaine). 

Magbanua, however, said most drug users were turning to marijuana.

“Perhaps they can no longer afford to buy shabu because it’s very expensive,” he said. (MindaNews)