Pubdate: Wed, 31 Aug 2016
Source: Manila Bulletin (The Philippines)
Copyright: 2016 Philippine News. All rights reserved
Author: Mars W. Mosqueda Jr.


CEBU CITY - The Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) has intensified its 
campaign against illegal drugs with the launching of Oplan Pokemon, 
the police version of the popular mobile phone game.

Just like the popular mobile phone app game, where players go to 
places to catch Pokemon monsters, Oplan Pokemon calls for the local 
police to go to different areas to look for those involved in the 
illegal drugs trade.

The CCPO marked its first operation under Oplan Pokemon with a convoy 
of patrol cars and funeral hearse.

The convoy traversed Barangays Suba and Hipodromo while a choir of 
police officers sang anti-drug jingles, one of which was sung to the 
tune of Yoyoy Villame's popular novelty song, Philippine Geography.

Police Superintendent Cheryl Boniao, of the Police Community 
Relations, explained that the activity serves as an avenue of 
cooperation between the police and the community as well as a call 
for drug suspects to change.

She added that they tag along funeral cars as a warning to drug 
suspects that they would end up in the hearse if they continue with 
their illegal activities.

The Liloan Municipal Government, on the other hand, has a different 
approach as it launched Operation Second Chance to help some 1,260 
persons who have surrendered and promised to give up illegal drugs.

Participants will receive livelihood training and possible job 
placements to help them recover from addiction and change their lives.
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