More than 1,500 individuals voluntarily submitted themselves to Caloocan City Mayor Oscar Malapitan and to the Caloocan Police, just 3 weeks after the city government declared an intensified all-out war versus illegal drugs.
In coordination with the barangay captains in 70 barangays in the 2nd District of Caloocan, the said individuals, who confessed as drug users / drug pushers, vowed to stop using drugs and help in the government’s campaign against narcotics.
However, Mayor Malapitan clarified that surrendering to authorities will not give them an instant clearance from their illegal activities. Instead, the Caloocan Police and their respective barangay officials will continously monitor their activities until they are assured that the drug personalities have fully stopped being involved with illegal drugs.
The Mayor also warned them that they will not hesitate to put them behind bars the moment they receive and verify any information that they went back to their old ways.
Mayor Malapitan also promised to put up a rehabilitation center in less than a year to accommodate the drug dependent residents and help them change for the better.
“The President, the Caloocan Police, and I will guide you, but you have to help yourselves in changing and fully turning your back to such ‘garbage’,” added the Mayor.
Meanwhile, Caloocan City Police Chief Senior Superintendent Johnson Almazan also said that this is just the start of their campaign and they will fully coorperate with the mandate of President Rodrigo Duterte and Mayor Malapitan.
Another mass surrender of different drug personalities is also being set in North Caloocan next week.