200 drug users in Mt. Diwata gold rush area surrender

Claire Cornelio, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 17 2016 08:14 PM

Photo courtesy of the Monkayo Police

MONKAYO, Compostela Valley – Around 200 self-confessed drug users in Mt. Diwata, Monkayo, Compostela surrendered to authorities after the intensified campaign against illegal drugs. 

Those who surrendered, mostly miners, also took an oath, promising to turn away from illegal activities.

Monkayo police also visited far-flung barangays in search of a shabu laboratory reported to them by concerned citizens. However, the search yielded no laboratory. 

Monkayo police chief, Chief Inspector Jerry Abrogina also confirmed there is no shabu laboratory operating in the area. Abrogina’s confirmation came after a report on the so-called shabu laboratory in one of the mining areas in Mt. Diwata.

"Sa Mt. Diwata maraming tunnel, so maraming tao, so pinupuntahan talaga namin ang mga tunnel para matokhang ang mga allegedly user at pusher," Abrogina said.

According to 25th Infantry Battalion Commander, Lt. Col Ismael Mandanas, the ceasefire between the government and the New People's Army was also a factor in the success of the Oplan Tokhang.

"Since ceasefire, mas nakapag-focus kami. Instead na mayroon combat operations, di na nawa-waste yong time kasi doon na sa campaign against drugs,” said 25th IB Commander Lt. Col Ismael Mandanas.

Aside from Mt. Diwata, more than 2000 drug users and pushers from other barangays in Monkayo have already surrendered to authorities since October.