‘Tokhang not so effective’: Ganzon wants prison island for drug addicts

Jeffrey Ganzon
Iloilo City Vice Mayor Jeffrey Ganzon

Iloilo City Vice Mayor Jeffrey Ganzon wants to isolate drug addicts and peddlers on a prison island.

The approach being used by the government now is “not so effective” to solve the drug problem in the country, according to Ganzon.

“Dapat i-separate na sila lugar. They should be treated like lepers. Dapat may penal colony intended para sa mga natokhang,” he suggested during the Sangguniang Panlungsod’s (SP) regular session yesterday.

“The city government should coordinate with the provincial government and try to decide kun diin na sila nga isla ibutang,” Ganzon said.

Dapat ang rehabilitation didto man sa ina nga lugar. Tagaan man sila livelihood sa muna nga area para hindi sila masubuan, ga-ganar sila sakto.”

At present, the Philippine National Police (PNP) is implementing Oplan Tokhang, “a literal door-to-door knock-and- plead operation that targets suspected drug users and pushers.”

The city councilors tackled the Iloilo City District Jail – Male Dormitory’s letter (ICDJMD) asking the SP to pass an ordinance that will prevent the smuggling of contraband items like shabu and cellular phones at the jail.

Last year, the city district jail confiscated at least 11 heat-sealed plastic sachets of shabu worth P300,000 and 146 cellular phones, said Superintendent Vicente Papelera, jail warden of ICDJMD.

The contraband items, according to Papelera, were sneaked in by visitors.

The letter was referred to the Committee on Police and Rules headed by Councilor Joshua Alim.IMT