By Tara Yap
Iloilo City—Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. has ordered the leadership of the provincial police force to take steps to regain the trust of the citizenry.
Defensor gave the order to Senior Supt. Harold Tuzon, Iloilo Police Provincial Office.
At a recent meeting with 43 town police chiefs, Defensor told them to practice honesty, integrity and discipline.
The Iloilo police has stood out as a consistent award-winning police force in Western Visayas region for several years.
Last year, however, President Duterte labeled the province as “shabulized,” to indicate that it has a serious drug problem.
Duterte also publicly named several police officers in Iloilo as drug protectors.
Defensor said the provincial police must work harder to win back the people’s trust.
As a step in that direction, the provincial police’s Provincial Advisory Council (PAC) hosted a youth summit against illegal drugs last January 18.
More than 500 student leaders attended the summit, according to Raul Anlocotan, PAC chairperson.
In his talk, Anlocotan told the student leaders drug addiction is an ailment that could engulf communities and families if not addressed.
Mayor Christian Sorongon of New Lucena said Ilonggo student leaders were challenged to come up with grassroots programs to curb youth involvement in illegal drugs.