Opinion: Hardships, Risks Behind Anti-Illegal Drug Drives & The Absence of Towns’, Cities’ Fund Support
Sen. Manny Villar’s better half, Congresswoman Cynthia Villar was right. Villar Foundation which is now 20 years old deserves to also tell the wholeworld what it has been doing through the years.
Helping people for 20 years is something to be celebrated and be proud of.
The foundation had been into environmental clean up, waste recycling, and providing livelihood to hundreds of families, helping troubled Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs),among others.
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Cong. Cynthia said the foundation wants to bring its success to Bacolod City and Negros Occidental as well as to any area in the country.
"As long as there is a proponent, and dedication is assured to sustain the programs and projects, we are willing to lend a helping hand. We want the projects to succeed like what we have in Las Piñas. It is hard work, that is why we cannot afford to extend help to an endeavour that is not bound to succeed," she said during a press conference at L’Fisher Hotel yesterday afternoon.
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I have more to reveal and discuss about Cong. Cynthia and the Villar Foundation in my suceeding freelancing.
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SUPPORTING COPS VS. DRUGS.
Are we really aware of the real-life drama behind every successful and not-so-successful operations against illegal drugs, such as raids and buy-busts?
Are our local police and other anti-drug operatives getting some financial support for such operations from our town or city governments?
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The fight against illegal drugs puts a lot of lives at stake.
Police assets who assist authorities and who are civilians are hard to find these days.
Understandable, because these are dangerous times, as drug lords and their tentacles are also penetrating the ranks of the police, the local community leaders and residents, and the judiciary and halls of justice.
Drug pushing has truly become a livelihood for many that they will put their own lives at stake to continue dealing with drugs.
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I know how tempting instant money is for many who are in financial troubles. No wonder, despite the arrest of so many people involved in illegal drugs, many easily replace them.
Many of those apprehended can easily post bail.
There are also authorities who are easily lured by drug money.
The temptation is so great that there are people whose job is supposedly to protect civilians from the menace of drugs who are actually protecting pushers.
No wonder, past leaders of forces deployed against illegal drugs apprehended no one, and if any, a few very small fries.
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I believe majority of policemen and authorities in the justice system are still on the good side.
They resist the tentacles of drug men and women, and they fight the temptation of drug money.
I am more interested on how the police fight this billion-peso drug menace.
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I always read about cops awarded with citations and medals for their success in arresting drug men and women and in seizing kilos of shabu, party drug ecstacy and marijuana.
I always hear about a certain municipal or city police station being recognized for their sustained success in the fight against illegal drugs.
Subsequently, towns and cities get recognized for the success of their respective police forces.
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My question is: Are town or city governments contributing to the needed funds of police operatives to sustain their anti-drugs operations?
Are town or city officials benefited by the highly-successful accomplishments of their local policemen against drugs not aware that in every anti-drug operation the policemen spend their own personal money?
Are town or city officials not aware that the lack of fund support hinders operatives to sustain their operations?
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It is not only the support of the communities that the police needs to strike successfully against drug lords, pushers, etc.
Police operatives also need funds which only the town or city government can afford to be able to haul more.
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I am strongly suggesting to town or city officials that if their local police has been doing good against illegal drugs, then talk to them on how their local government can help them sustain it, and provide the needed funds for fuel, food and other support cops need to succeed in their operations.
Local officials must not simply clap their hands and share the honor on stage every time their local policemen are awarded for their successful operations.
Behind those drug raids, apprehensions, and buy busts are the true-to-life hardships, difficulties and dangers staring police operatives and their assets in the eye — if not a bullet or two, a stab wound or death.
Behind those operations is the reality that policemen are the ones who shoulder the expenses, a matter that the local government officials must look into in order to help the lowly cops who are willing to put their lives at stake for the sake of the majority of people.*