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CEBU CITY, May 26 (PIA) - “Help fight illegal drugs.”

This one can do by becoming a member of the MAD Movement Against Illegal Drugs, said Cebu City Police Director S/Supt. Melvin Ramon Buenafe

In the recent ‘Talakayan sa Isyung Pulis’ (TSIP) Forum, Buenafe called on media reporters to help the police in the campaign against illegal drugs by becoming members of the movement.

“We will soon be distributing membership forms to interested parties who want to help us in virtually eradicating the social problem of illegal drugs in society,” Buenafe disclosed.

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-7 Regional Director Adrian Alvariño previously said that after Metro Manila, the huge market for illegal drugs is in Cebu.

“Although there have been attempts to manufacture illegal drugs here by big-time syndicates, but our consistent efforts to prevent such a thing from happening have deterred them from their objective,” Alvariño further said.

The MAD Task Force that has recently been organized is a mutli-agency body with the basic aim of fighting the war against illegal drugs. The body is composed of the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO), Police Coordinating and Advisory Council of Cebu City, PDEA-7, local National Bureau of Investigation, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-7, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Association of Barangay Captains – Cebu City and the Armed Forces of the Philippines – Central Command.

Three hotline numbers and two cell phone numbers of Smart and Globe have been allocated by the CCPO where the public can reach the police to report illegal drug activities. Such data is contained in posters posted in every police precinct in the city to hike public awareness and to recruit members to the movement.

“We have been asking our media friends to disseminate our contact numbers to report any illegal drug activities and we are very happy to inform the public that people from other provinces like Tacloban City in Region 8 have contacted us to report illegal drug activities in their areas,” according to Buenafe.

The city police chief said the media’s help has been tremendous in reaching out to the public about our cause. “Those people outside Cebu City that have contacted us heard it over the radio so they report to us anything suspicious in their areas,” Buenafe added.

“What we do with the reports coming outside Cebu on illegal drug activities is refer it to the concerned agency with jurisdiction of the place where the report came from,” Buenafe ended. (PIA 7-Cebu)

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