Let there be peace on earth and let it begin in our hearts. Together we can make a big difference and make things happen for a drug-free Philippines!
PSSupt Faro Antonio Olaguera, provincial director, Philippine National Police (PNP)-Lanao del Norte said “Many of us think that peace is an impossible dream because of our different culture, traditions and ideologies but today, this ‘Panagtagbo Sa Kalinaw’ (Convergence for Peace) of all stakeholders and the community, is a testament that peace, after all, is possible.
SSupt Olaguera represented PNP-10 regional director, Police Chief Supt Noel G. Constantino, to the kick off activity of the Mindanao Week of Peace 2016 celebration held at Linamon municipal gym, the host town, which started November 24 up to the first week of December.
PNP provincial director commended the conveners of the activity to attain lasting peace in Mindanao, particularly in Lanao del Norte.
With this forum, may Almighty be with us all to finally achieve genuine peace, the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living, the kind of peace that enables men and nations to grow and to hope and to build a better life for their children. ‘Not the peace of the grave, but an inclusive peace,’ Olaguera emphasized.
Meanwhile, Olaguera said that both the PNP and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) have lost too many good men in the pursuit of lasting peace. While there were temporary victories gained so to speak, permanent peace however has remained elusive.
At present, the PNP, in pursuance of peace of the living, the police officers go and knock on the doorway of every household and pleading to support President Rodrigo Duterte’s all-out war against illegal drugs.
Dubbed as ‘TokHang,’ or ‘TokTok Hangyo,’ this campaign knocks to drug personalities asking them to mend their ways, that there is life after drugs.
For Lanao del Norte, since the start of the war on drugs last July 1, 2016 to November 22, 2016, it recorded a total drug surrenderees of 12,587 wherein 12,047 are users and 537 pushers, with 680 minors, 225 females, and 27 senior citizens.
The most remarkable impact of this war on drugs is that the crime volume sharply plummeted to as high as 49% reduction, Olaguera revealed.
Olaguera, likewise, said the PNP, with the support of the AFP, remain ever true and committed to bring permanent peace in pursuance of the Presidential mandate to wage war against illegal drugs.
“We remain faithful and united despite the scandal involving some of our generals and colleagues in uniform; despite the biting revelations of Kerwin Espinosa. Kokonti lang sila at mas marami kaming matitino (They’re just few, and we, men of good deeds, figuratively much higher enough),” said the provincial director.
He also said we also cried in silence when Tsip Bato (PNP Chief General Rolando dela Rosa) cried live on TV, ‘kahit pala Bato marunong ding umiyak.’ But certainly we cannot do it alone. We need the support and cooperation of every one.
The provincial director further said together, we can make our country and Lanao del Norte peaceful and drug-free, at the most by July 1, 2017, our ambitious target, but we believe it is achievable.
This year’s ‘Panagtagbo Sa Kalinaw’ celebration in the province bears the local theme, ‘RESPECT and PROTECT LIFE.’
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