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Church-based group wants cops to join community-based rehab for addicts

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A community-based rehabilitation program is still the best approach to dealing with the drug problem, a Catholic Church-based group said.

The Center for Family Ministries (CEFAM) launched “The Lost Sheep Initiative” said this will also help the police recover their image from last month’s deadly drug raids.

“We were invited to address the PNP, we talked to some of the leaders of the police. We had the chance to present to them together with the DOH, PDEA at yung nasa community based. Tapos pinakita namin sa kanila na kapag may magandang rehab program there is a lot of empowerment sa mga parokya at ibang sector, na kapag may nagtutulungan di-kailangang pumatay,” Fr. Ted Gonzales of CEFAM told Radyo Veritas (http://www.veritas846.ph/community-based-rehabsolusyon-sa-malalang-problema-ng-droga-sa-bansa/).

He said their goal is to talk to “the majority of police,” most of whom he said are level-headed.

CEFAM includes Church officials, priests, businessmen and laypersons.

Among the early signatories of the petition are Chief Inspector Byron Allatog of Bogo City, Cebu; and 50 policemen from Quezon City, Manila, Caloocan and Mindanao.