Monday Sep, 23 2019 09:39:26 PM

5 North Cotabato top shabu hubs identified 

Local News • 09:15 AM Thu Aug 22, 2019
John M. Unson
The provincial anti-drug council convened on August 19 in Kidapawan City. (PGO)

NORTH COTABATO --- There are five major shabu distribution hubs in this province that officials are targeting to clear soon through a military-assisted crackdown.

Naravy Duquiatan, director of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-12, said Thursday they shall carry out more anti-narcotics operations in the towns of Midsayap, Pikit, Pigcawayan and Kabacan and the provincial capital, Kidapawan City, with the help of Gov. Nancy Catamco.

Catamco, chairperson of the provincial peace and order council, said Thursday she will support all operations of the PDEA-12 and the North Cotabato police in all the five shabu transshipment points.

“I am committing support, fair, square and forceful, to the efforts of addressing these drug dealers in these areas. This is abhorrent. We can’t allow these criminal activities to go on,” Catamco said.

Catamco said Thursday she will ask the commander of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division, Major Gen. Diosdado Carreon, and his counterpart in the 10th Infantry Division to help neutralize drug dealers in Midsayap, Pikit, Pigcayawan, Kabacan and in Kidapawan City.

The four towns are under the jurisdiction of 6th ID while Kidapawan City is covered by the 10th ID based in Davao del Norte.

“Mindanao is under martial law, the Philippine Army can help us a lot in this endeavor,” Catamco said.

Kidapawan City, covering more than 40 barangays, is the capital of North Cotabato, whose first-termer governor, Catamco, a former congresswoman, assumed only last June 30 following the May 13 elections. North Cotabato has 17 towns.

Duquiatan and Catamco talked extensively about the drug issues in the five areas during Monday’s Provincial Anti-Drug Advisory Council meeting at the provincial capitol in Kidapawan City.

Duquiatan said agents of PDEA-12 and the police have arrested no fewer than a dozen large-scale drug traffickers in North Cotabato since July 1 in a continuing campaign ordered by Catamco after her June 30 assumption to office.

Duquiatan said the drug rings in the four towns and in different barangays in Kidapawan City are mostly run by non-residents who can easily escape if they get alerted on surveillance operations by PDEA-12.


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