5,000 swear allegiance to royal family, rally against drugs

Friday, 21 December 2012 From Issue Vol. XX No. 51 By  Warunya Thongrod

More than 5,000 Chonburi residents pledged allegiance to Their Majesties the King and Queen and rallied against drugs for Thailand’s national Father’s Day at Banglamung School.

Gov. Khomsan Ekachai, local and national politicians braved intermittent rain for the Dec. 3 ceremony aimed at promoting unity, harmony, and social awareness to fight against drugs.

(L to R) Chonburi Governor Khomsan Ekachai, MP Santsak Ngampiches, chairman of the parliamentary Arts and Culture Committee; and Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome, drink blessed water to swear an oath to Their Majesties the King and Queen in the campaign against drugs. (L to R) Chonburi Governor Khomsan Ekachai, MP Santsak Ngampiches, chairman of the parliamentary Arts and Culture Committee; and Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome, drink blessed water to swear an oath to Their Majesties the King and Queen in the campaign against drugs.

The National Command Center for Drugs in Banglamung had used HM the King’s birthday to bring together 41 agencies and 5,000 people to wave banners, sing songs and play games.

Politicians and organization workers drank water swearing an oath before a photo of Their Majesties and participated in religious ceremonies by high-ranking monks.

“I am extremely honored to have participated in the event and am delighted to see that all sectors, whether public, private, students or residents, came together to fight against drugs,” Khomsan said. “I believe that when everyone comes together to solve drugs issues, the problem will decrease to a level that will not affect society anymore.”

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