Ex-addict turned pastor shares testimony to thousands of drug users

Rean Hazel Hacosta, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 19 2016 09:29 PM

SOUTH COTABATO - A former drug addict and ex-con turned pastor is now spending his time sharing the transformative power of God to thousands of drug users.

During a musical symposium, Star Records artist Orlando Nuevo said he became a drug addict at a very young age, which led him to live a life of crime before he landed in jail.

He told some 5,000 drug users and pushers gathered at the South Cotabato Gym and Cultural Center how drugs destroyed his life and how God changed him.

Last July 15, the recording artist launched his musical symposium for responsible parenthood, good morals and against illegal drugs. Nuevo is set to go around the province to share the good news.

More than 5,000 drug users and pushers in the provinces voluntarily surrendered in South Cotabato and signed a pledge of commitment at the South Cotabato Gym and Cultural Center today.

Interior and Local Government Secretary Mike Sueno led their pledge of commitment.

The signing of the pledge of commitment also coincided with the launch of Oplan Bato, Bagong Buhay Bagong Pangarap of South Cotabato Police Provincial office.

Police Senior Superintendent Franklin Alvero, South Cotabato police provincial director, said the program is the product of his observation that the provincial jail can no longer accommodate additional inmates since it already surpassed its capacity for prisoners.

There is also a problem with manpower in courts. This is a good way for the province to save money if this will be successful.

South Cotabato Governor Daisy Avance-Fuentes revealed that there are local chief executives, Sangguniang Panlalawigan members, municipal councilors and even barangay chairmen who are persons of interest in the province.

The province is now monitoring their association with suspected drug lords in South Cotabato.