- More than 10,000 drug traffickers surrendered to Pampanga police from July 1 to July 21
- 8,500 of them participated in an oath-taking ceremony prepared for Philippine National Police Director General Roald 'Bato' Dela Rosa
- Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3) director Chief Superintendent Aaron Aquino reminded the participants that the police will conduct joint operations in the future
Drug traffickers of over 10,000 in Pampanga surrendered from July 1 to July 21, 8,500 of which participated in a ceremony for Philippine National Police Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ Dela Rosa at the Bren Z. Guiao Sports Complex grandstand on Thursday.
The provincial government conducted a program called Dalan king Pamagbayu (Road to Change). Representing Director General Dela Rosa who was unable to attend the program because of another engagement was Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3) director Chief Superintendent Aaron Aquino reminded the participants that the PNP is serious in its campaign against illegal drugs.
“Tandaan 'nyo, ang kapulisan ay hindi nakikipag-bolahan sa inyo. Mabuti at nandito kayo at sumurender sa amin kasi 3 lang ang maari nyong puntahan: Mamatay kayo, sumurender kayo, o maaresto kayo,” Aquino said.
(Remember, the police is not joking with you. It’s good that you are here and you surrendered to us because you only have three destinations: You die, you surrender, or you get arrested.)
Aquino also pointed out some who were not participating while delivering the “sworn affidavit of promise and change” and asked them if they want to die, reminding them about the killed drug suspects during operations.
He said: “Kanina lang noong panunumpa, ang daming hindi nanunumpa sa inyo. Ngayon pa lang nakikita ko ang titigas ng ulo ninyo. 'Yung iba nakaupo lang, samantalang ang nasa harapan talagang nanumpa,”
(Just a while ago during the oath, many of you were not participating. I can see now who are hard headed among you. Others were just sitting whole those in front are participating in the oath-taking.)
He added that from a total of 30,000 suspects who have surrendered in Central Luzon, some 1,000 were arrested while 65 were killed due to resisting arrest.
He explained that in order for them to not be killed, they must not go back to illegal drugs, reminding them that the police have their information and that the military will conduct joint anti-drug operations in the future. - AA, Kami Media