CAMP GEN. ALEJOS S. SANTOS, Bulacan – Leaders and members of the Kabataan Kontra Droga at Terorismo (KKDAT) in the province see the proposed anti-terrorism bill will protect them against illegal drugs and violent extremism.

“Now more than ever, there is an urgent need for the proposed measure to be passed so that they would not fall victim to the menaces of illegal drugs and terrorism,” the group said.

“Ayaw namin sa terrorista. Labanan ang terrorista. Isulong ang Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020. Mabuhay ng payapa at walang takot (We do not want terrorists. Fight the terrorists. Promote the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020. Live a peaceful and fearless life),” said the KKDAT members during their virtual summit held Friday, coinciding with the Independence Day celebration.

Aside from the youth, the virtual summit was also participated in by some KKDAT leaders and members in other provinces in Central Luzon.

Col. Lawrence Cajipe, director of the Bulacan Police Provincial Office, said that KKDAT aims to strengthen the bond between the police and the youth in the country’s renewed fight against the threats of illegal drugs and terrorism.

“KKDAT is one tool that the youth can use in reporting irregularities in their localities that can eventually prevent them from falling victims to illegal drugs and terrorism,” Cajipe said.

Meanwhile, Brig. Gen. Rhodel Sermonia, regional director of the Police Regional Office 3 (PRO 3), told the youth the importance of volunteerism and active participation in the government’s fight against illegal drugs and terrorism through KKDAT program.

The virtual summit was also joined by Gen. Alex Monteagudo, director-general of the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency; KKDAT Region 3 president, Kaye Ann Legaspi; KKDAT Ambassadress Michelle Gumabao; and heads of the different government agencies such as Department of the Interior and Local Government, and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency. (PNA)