Hours before Duterte inauguration, hundred drug suspects surrender in Sarangani
In Label, Sarangani hours before President-elect Rodrigo Duterte assumes the presidency, there were hundred drug suspects has been voluntarily surrendered. The suspects said they surrender after knowing their names was included in the watchlist.
"May nakapagsabi kasi sa akin, sir, na nasa listahan daw ako. Nag-surrender ako, sir, kasi ayaw kong mabaril na lang ako diyan habang naglalakad ako," said one of the drug suspect.
Police Senior Inspector Marcelo Mendoza said the drug watchlist did not come from the Philippine National Police but the Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council.
"Sila talaga ang totoong may listahan kasi sila ang nakakaalam. Sila yong nasa area kaya kilala nila kung sinu-sino itong mga involve sa drugs sa kanilang barangay," he said.
Barangay Chairman Noel Morido, Sr. said we should support the president in eradicating illegal drugs.
"Ito na lang yong chance nila kaya sumuko sila. Bigyan natin sila ng pagkakataon na makapagbago. At sinusuportahan natin ang ating pangulo na linisin ang mga barangay natin sa bansa," Morido said.
Moreover, there were also almost 500 drug suspects surrendered in Sarangani to the police.
The authorities said they will have their symposium first before undergoing for a training and they will be assisted making a livelihood for a living.