Agusan Norte town now free of illegal drugs

Jabonga is the third municipality to be declared drug-free in the entire province of Agusan del Norte. PHOTO/ Arvin Reyes Silvosa

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has declared as drug free a town in Agusan del Norte whose vice mayor provincial police officials earlier linked to illegal drugs.

Irvin John Coderis, assistant director of PDEA in Caraga, tagged the town of Jabonga as already cleared of drugs. This means the town’s 15 villages were cleared of drug users and pushers.

The formal recognition from the PDEA was issued on Monday (June 3).

Coderis said the declaration which was validated by every Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council is a clear proof that all stakeholders are working hand-in-hand in intensifying and combating the proliferation of illegal drugs.

The Dangerous Drugs Board considers villages as drug-free if supply of illegal drugs, transit or transshipment activities, drug laboratories and warehouses, drug dens, marijuana cultivation sites, users and pushers, drug protectors, coddlers and financiers are absent.

Jabonga is the third municipality to be declared drug-free in the entire province of Agusan del Norte.

Jabonga Mayor Jasmin Monton commended the barangay chiefs, the Municipal Anti-Drug Abuse Council (MADAC), the Jabonga Municipal Police and the Jabonga office of the Department of the Interior and Local Government for their hard work in eradicating drugs in the town.

In November last year, the mayor’s husband, Vice Mayor Glecerio Monton was arrested in the couple’s house during an anti-illegal drugs operation conducted by the Agusan del Norte provincial police. 

Monton yielded 60 grams of suspected “shabu” worth P708,000 and a hand grenade.

The Montons’ slammed the raid as illegal and irregular, citing the raiding officers’ alleged “brazen and utter lack of respect for the well-established rule in the conduct of search operations.” By CLC

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