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PRO-NIR chief underscores role of church, media in campaign vs drugs

BACOLOD — The role of the church and the media is essential in the campaign of the Philippine National Police (PNP) against illegal drugs, a top police official here said.
Chief Superintendent Renato Gumban, acting director of Police Regional Office-18 in Negros Island Region, said in a report Friday that priests do not have to participate in police operations, but can help in the efforts for the reformation of drug personalities so they can permanently stop from engaging in illegal activities.
Moreover, Gumban said the presence of media practitioners in the anti-illegal drugs campaign will ensure "check and balance."
Fr. Felix Pasquin, rector of San Sebastian Cathedral under the Diocese of Bacolod, had earlier said the Catholic church can also hold talks to help in the renewal and transformation of policemen instead of joining them in the conduct of illegal drug operations.
"The police are also our flock whom we must care for," Pasquin said.
He added that the Catholic Church prays for the policemen as they embark on "Oplan Tokhang 2: Project Double Barrel Reloaded."
"We have high hopes, even as we pray that Oplan Tokhang 2 will be bloodless and not to be taken as an opportunity for corruption. Our prayers go with our police as they face their challenging mission," Pasquin said.
He said priests can cooperate in the police anti-drug campaign in some other ways, not necessarily participating in Oplan Tokhang.
It would be awkward for priests to be seen in the company of armed operatives because of the church's advocacy for non-violence, he added. (PNA)
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Last Modified: 2017-Sep-19 23.31.24 UTC+0800