Anti-drugs campaign in
Eastern Samar continues; Gov. Nicart strongly supports buy-bust and
retrieval operations of cocaine
By SENTAY BELIZAR-QUITORIO, Samar
Samar – PNP provincial command and City of Borongan PO received
commendations from governor Conrado B. Nicart Jr. for the conduct of
operations against illegal drugs. Recognizing the initiatives of the
PNP, governor Nicart stressed his flagship program to work out for a
“drug free” province.
Less than a month
since his inaugural day, Gov. Conrado B. Nicart, Jr. immediately
ordered authorities to sweep up proliferation of cocaine. It can be
recalled that in December 2009 sacks and packages of this substance
has been reported scattered in the shores of the province recovered by
constituents mostly fisher folks.
In his inaugural
speech governor Nicart emphasized his priority programs on top of
which are agriculture and campaign against illegal drugs. He believes
that initiatives to fight poverty are not complete unless pressing
problems related to illegal drugs will not be curtailed. He was very
bold about his fight against illegal drugs even during his stint as
mayor of San Policarpo, a town in the northern region of the province.
During his political campaign he made himself clear “illegal drugs
will have no place in my province”.
Few days after
installed 7th elected governor, retrieval operations of this scattered
cocaine immediately resumed. Documents showed that operations from
July 5-27 2010 yielded 73.5 kilos of cocaine. As of press time more or
less 500 kilos has been reported recovered through a buy-bust
operations conducted by the PDEA and PNP and retrieval operations
through peaceful negotiations with hoarders.
The National Bureau of
Investigation (NBI) with its commitment awarded P2,000 while governor
Nicart shared P1,000 for each kilo of cocaine surrendered to
authorities. NBI headed by regional director Atty. Antonio M. Pagatpat,
Jr joined forces with the Governor and PNP for this continued
televisions reports, to avoid encounter with authorities, more or less
2,000 kilos of this cocaine were dropped by an unidentified vessel
allegedly travelling from Cuba passing through the Pacific Ocean.
(Eastern Samar is a coastal province facing the Pacific Ocean).