Cotabateños join drive vs illegal drugs

Thousands of Cotabateños from various sectors joined the city’s drive against illegal drugs by participating in Saturday morning’s “Run for a Drug-Free Cotabato City”.

Initiated by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and Cotabato City Mayor Frances Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi, the event, which will be done on a regular basis, was participated in by representatives of such sectors as law enforcement, the academe, women, youth, business and private groups.

Maii Satol-Ibrahim, city information chief, said the fun run aimed to promote health and wellness among Cotabateños, aside from calling for an end to illegal drugs use in the city.

Guiani-Sayadi said the fight against illegal drugs and other forms of criminality will continue in the city for the sake of the future of the youth.

“I believe that the use of illegal drugs is the root of all crimes, which is why the police and I will not stop running after its users and sellers,” Sayadi, a lawyer, said.

“A drug-free city can lead to a crime-free city,” she added.

Satol-Ibrahim said that since winning as city vice mayor until she assumed the mayoralty post, Mayor Guiani-Sayadi has been very supportive of the operations of the local police against drug personalities in the city.

At least 110 individuals have been arrested since July 1 last year and millions worth of illegal drugs and paraphernalia were seized by the authorities in the campaign to rid the city of illegal substance.

Later, the joint “PNP-LGU Ronda” was created and institutionalized. The mayor regularly joins anti-drug operations during the wee hours of the morning.

Aniceto Rasalan, secretary to the mayor, said the fun run commenced at the old city plaza and ended up at the People’s Palace (city hall). It was followed by Zumba exercises. (PNA)