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Abra province declared drug-free

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CAGAYAN, Philippines- The provincial government of Abra has declared as drug-free province, more than 6 months after the Duterte administration launched its intensive campaign against illegal drugs.

In a phone interview on Thursday, January 26, Police Superintendent Marcelo Polig, information officer of the Cordillera regional police unit, said Governor Jocelyn Bernos in a ceremony on Wednesday, January 25, officially announced that authorities have totally eradicated the drug problem in the province.

At the kick start of the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) Oplan Tokhang, Polig said 72 percent of the villages of Abra were affected of illegal drug operations.

On Wednesday, all 217 of the total 303 villages or 26 of 27 total towns of the province have been cleared of drugs.

Polig said the province, in cooperation with the different enforcement and intelligence agencies, has reported that there no longer entry of supply of illegal drugs, making the drug trade in the province paralyzed.

He also added that there is no reported clandestine laboratory in the province.

Polig quoted Governor Bernos saying they will continue monitoring the operations to maintain the drug-free status of the province.

Present in the ceremony were the directors of PNP-Cordillera, PNP-Abra, Department of Interior and Local Governor (DILG)-Cordillera and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-Cordillera. -Northernforum.net

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