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MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, Sept. 9 (PIA) -- The city government here has dangled a P 10,000.00 money in cold cash to informants who can help the police arrest suspected drug pushers in a legitimate buy-bust operation that leads to filing of a legal case in Court.

The project, called Reward System for Drug-Free Maasin City, was launched September 1 during the Tanod Congress held at the city gym. The event coincided with the observance of the National Crime Prevention Week.

City Mayor Maloney Samaco, along with Cong. Damian Mercado, PNP Provincial Director P/Sr. Supt. Nicerio Obaob and City Chief of Police Sr. Supt. Avelino Doncillo let loose a hanging tarpaulin proclaiming the prized reward to show that the system was on.

"Most of the heinous crimes committed in the city and neighboring places were caused by the use of illegal drugs," Samaco said in his brief message, driving home the point on the need to enlist the cooperation of everyone in the community so the illegal drugs menace can be checked.

In a radio report the day after the successful launching, news reporter Zaldy Olita announced that the city government has set aside a budget of P 300,000.00 to back up the said program.

Also in the same news program, Sr. Supt. Doncillo declared that with or without the reward system the Police is duty-bound to go after pushers of illegal drugs.

Doncillo also clarified that the reward money will not be theirs to keep but will be given to civilian informants. (jrc/mmp/ PIA8-Southern Leyte)