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Rapiz: No need to seal off
drug-affected barangays

There is no need to seal off illegal drug-affected barangays in Bacolod City to reduce its proliferation, City Police’s Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group head, Supt. Santiago Rapiz, said yesterday.

Rapiz said they are closely monitoring barangays 2, 22, 26, 27, 35, Handumanan and Banago, for the rampant illegal drugs trade.

He said sealing off these barangays is no longer necessary because they are always conducting anti-illegal drugs campaigns in them.

Rapiz added that their successive campaigns against illegal drugs have crippled the trade in Bacolod City.

Ronnie Delecana, legal counsel of PDEA-6, said there are 430 barangays in Western Visayas, to include those in Bacolod City, affected by illegal drugs.

Delecana also said only a few of the captains of these barangays are cooperating with the agency.

As to the proposal to conduct drug tests on students as the new school year opens, Rapiz said, they will coordinate with the PDEA and the principals of the schools.*APN

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report a hoax’

The alleged abduction of a 14-year-old girl Monday, reported by her mother to the Bacolod City Police Women and Children’s Complaints Desk, led the police to launch an operation to rescue her.

However, “the abduction” was proved to be a “hoax” as the girl had just gone with her friend to Brgy. Sum-ag, Bacolod, WCCD chief, Insp. Jovy Cabcaban, said yesterday.

Cabcaban said the minor called her mother at about 5 p.m. claiming that she and several other girls were abducted by armed men and that they were forced into a white van.

Cabacaban added that several minutes later, the girl appeared before Police Station 9 and admitted that she was not abducted and that the she only made up the story so she will not be scolded if she comes home late.

The mother told the police that her daughter asked her permission on Monday morning to go to school to enroll and she had no any idea that her daughter went with some friends instead.

Cabcaban said that this is not new to them as it is already the tenth incident regarding a minor who claims to be abducted so they will not be scolded if they come home late.

She said there is no sanction for this kind of situation as minors are protected by the law, so she is encouraging the parents to properly guide their children and know who their peers are.*APN

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