Detention centers for users, peddlers eyed

Newly-installed Central Luzon Police Director Chief Supt. Aaron Aquino is eyeing the construction of reformatory centers in every provincial police headquarters in the region for the rehabilitation of illegal drug users and peddlers.

Aquino told members of the Camp Olivas Press Corps on Monday, the Bataan Provincial Police headquarters will be the benchmark for making the reformatory centers.

According to Aquino, the reformatory centers that will be manned by provincial police headquarters, will only cater around 15 to 20 persons. The food, meanwhile, will be provided by the relatives of the drug users or peddlers.

Aquino said these reformatory centers will be funded by the Central Luzon police office. He has already directed his provincial directors to look for spaces for the construction of the centers.

Aquino also said he would want to adapt the practice by the Bataan provincial police of involving the community in looking for drug users and peddlers. He said there will be no human rights violation in this approach, as it will involve different sectors, and the presence of the police is only to secure the civilians knocking on the doors of the suspects.