Taguig to shut down bars used in drug activities
Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano has warned bars operating in the city found to be allowing drug use that their operations will be promptly closed and the owners prosecuted.
Mayor Cayetano, who also chairs the League of Cities of the Philippines, made this statement during the recent dialogue among the owners of bars located in Bonifacio Global City (BGC), the Philippine National Police (PNP), and Taguig City government.
Mayor Cayetano reiterated the city’s “one strike policy”, saying that the city government will immediately revoke the business permits of establishments which allow drug use by its customers and patrons. Declaring that there will be no compromise on its drug campaign, the lady mayor said that the rule applies even to first-time offenders.
“Any establishment used as venue for illegal drug activities will be automatically shut down. We certainly welcome investors; we need them because their taxes support the needs of our constituents. But their businesses must not introduce , encourage, or tolerate drug use. This kind of business operations, even if they bring in substantial revenues for the city, are not welcome,” Mayor Lani said.
Mayor Lani commended the PNP for initiating the dialogue and at the same time issued an appeal to implement the program in the whole of Metro Manila.
“My appeal is to make sure that we impose the same attention on all LGUs…itong problema ng droga ay problema ng buong Pilipinas”.
During the dialogue, Mayor Lani welcomed the suggestion to include mandatory drug testing as additional requirement for business registration.
“We will study the proposal. We will refer it to the City Legal Office para ma review to make sure na in order ang lahat. I’m sure ang mga business owners will welcome it. Sino ba naman ang may gusto na ang mga empleyado nila ay mga drug users. We’re hoping for a positive feedback”.
Southern Police District (SPD) Director Senior Superintendent Tomas Apolinario Jr., welcomed “One-Strike Policy” saying other cities must follow the lead set by the Taguig City government.
For his part, PNP Chief Director General Ronald Dela Rosa urged all sectors to help the Duterte Administration’s war against drugs. He said efforts to involve stakeholders in finding solutions to the nation’s drug problem is a welcome development.
“Ito po ay hindi lamang kampanya ng PNP, hindi lamang ito kampanya ng gobyerno. Ang lahat ng sektor ng komunidad kabilang ang business sector ay dapat na tumulong para mawakasan ang problema ng droga,” Gen. Dela Rosa said.
Taguig has consistently implemented programs to eradicate the drug menace. Last year, the Taguig Police and the city government of Taguig were able to arrest all the top ten drug personalities in the city. Recently, it launched a community-based wholistic program to help rehabilitate drug users. ###