Army prepares camps as rehabilitation centers

THE PHILIPPINE Army will prepare their military camps to be used as rehabilitation centers for drug dependents as announced by President Rodrigo Duterte mentioned it during his state of the Nation address (Sona) on Monday.

Lt. Gen. Eduardo M. Ano, chief of the Philippine Army (PA), told TIMES that they will assist the Philippine National Police (PNP) in the fight against drug syndicates in the country.

“We have enough camps to accommodate the drug victims for rehabilitation,” Ano said.

But Capt. Rhyan Batchar,spokesperson of 10th Infantry Division, admitted in yesterday’s AFP-PNP Press conference held at Royal Mandaya Hotel, that their resources are very limited.

“So we have to tackle it, may be prepare the facilities and support the campaign of the President and we can help in the fight against illegal drugs,” he said.

Duterte told MindaNews and Rappler’s Davao City correspondent Editha Caduaya in Bahay Pagbabago, his official residence in Malacañang at past 1 a.m. on July 26 that the rehabilitation facilities – one for males and another for females – will be inside military camps “as long as there are addicts.”

“Syarog naa pay mu-eskapo ana. Hadlok ra sila mapusilan” (Let’s see if somebody will dare escape. They will be afraid to get shot), he said while breaking into an impish smile.

Located near the University of the Philippines in Mindanao (UP-Min), Camp San Gabriel is the headquarters of the 11th Regional Community Defense Group of the Philippine Army.

Duterte said the facilities will be run by professionals.

“Asa kag kwarta?” (Where will you get the money for this), MindaNews asked.

“Maghanap ako” (I’ll find the money), he said. “Sabi ko lagi, itong Pilipinas pag-nakolekta mo lahat, wala nang graft and corruption (As I said, if we collect the taxes properly, if we end graft and corruption), the Philippines has enough money. (Carolyn O. Arguillas / MindaNews)

Meanwhile, Ano also said  the army welcomes  the order of President Duterte  for the unilateral  ceasefire with the CPP-NPA.

“We’ll do our part in the quest of finding permanent peaceful resolution of this conflict,”Ano said.

”While we stop the conduct of offensive military operations, the army will continue to serve its mandate through all other activities to ensure the protection and safety of the people and contribute in community development.”

In a separate interview, Chief Supt. Manuel Gaerlan, director of Police Regional Office (PRO-XI), also said tthey will also comply with the order of ceasefire as they continue their operation against illegal drugs. With MindaNews

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