10 ‘drug personalities’ surrender in Zambo Sur town

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PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur, June 24 (PNA) -– Ten “drug personalities,” including two teachers and two students, have surrendered to the authorities late Thursday in the nearby municipality of Dumingag, this province.

"Drug personalities" is being referred by the police authorities to either pushers or users of prohibited drugs.

Chief Insp. Edgar Hinoctan, Dumingag police chief, identified those who surrendered as the following: Virnie Lascuña, 35 and Rogelio Sarueda Jr., 43, both teachers; Roneil Managing, 17 and Jolieto Somolong, 14, both students; Vernie Lou Espinosa, 34; Bernie Baut, 27; Elmer Cag-ong, 36; Martchan Ornopia, 31; Jumar Dapanas, 31; and, Rico James Quilog, 31, all farmers.

Hinoctan said the surrender of the suspects was facilitated by their respective barangay chairpersons.

He said the suspects are from the following barangays: three, San Pedro; three, Licabang; two, Marangan; one, Canibongan; and, one, Upper Timonan.

He said the suspects have surrendered out of fear since they had been hearing in the news there is ongoing massive crackdown and were informed they will undergo rehabilitation and given livelihood assistance.

He said the suspects have vowed to fully support the campaign of the government against the proliferation of prohibited drugs.