Mayor Olivarez believes former drug users deserve a second chance

Published February 17, 2021, 1:24 PM

by Dhel Nazario

“It’s not the end of the world.”

Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez (FACEBOOK/MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

This was the sentiment of Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez who said he believes everyone deserves a second chance on the topic of drug rehabilitation.

“Alam naman po natin, bawat isang mamamayan, lahat tayo, there is no perfect. Wala pong perpektong tao, lahat po nagkakamali (We all know with every single one of us that nobody’s perfect. There’s no perfect person and that we all make mistakes),” the mayor said during the launch of the Philippine Moral Transformation 2020 in the city.

“Kapag po nagkamali po tayo, isa sa atin di naman ibig sabihin na end of the world, dapat po ito yung ating mga kapatid, brother and sister ay binibigyan natin ng pagkakataon na magbagong buhay (When we commit mistakes, it doesn’t mean that it’s the end of the world, we should give our brothers and sisters a chance to start again),” he added.

Olivarez said that as government officials, it is part of their duty and responsibility to guide those who have lost their way so they can once again rejoin society and be accepted.

Currently, with 14 of its 16 barangays already cleared for illegal drugs, Olivarez thinks that within two to three months, all 16 of them in the city will be drug-free.