PNP 7 says 173 drug deaths in
10 month of anti-drugs drive
TAGBILARAN CITY, June 9, (PIA)--No matter how those critics of the government's anti-drug war would package their opposition, Region 7 Philippine National Police authorities would stand on the fact: in the span of only ten months, only 173 drug personalities died in police operations.
And over half of those who died, were forewarned, knocked and begged during police operation plan Toktok (knock) Hangyo (convince) (Tokhang) to stop their nefarious illegal drug trade but continued and turned a deaf ear.
Regional Police Deputy Director for Administration Police Superintendent Julius Cesar Gornez reported this during an updating on the PNP's state of its anti-drug campaign in Central Visayas.
The state of the anti drug drive was among the topics presented at the Ugnayan: Dialog for Progress held May 31 at the AFP Central Command Headquarters in Lahug Cebu.
In his report, PSupt Gornez said from July 1, officially the start of the implementation of Rodrigo Duterte's drug campaign after assuming the helm as president until May 23, 2017 or after three operational plans, authorities have visited 920,648 houses to talk to reported drug personalities and convince them to stop and undergo rehabilitation.
For President Duterte, the PNP implemented Project Double Barrel (DB) from July 1 to October 25, Double Barrel Alpha (DBA) from October 26 to January 30 2017 and Double Barrel Reloaded (DBR) from March 1 until the last gathering of reports from the region's provincial offices May 23.
Over the ten month period, from the house visitations, the region saw 107,714 drug users and pushers who personally appeared in police stations or surrendered, regional police data showed.
As to the overall operational accomplishments, police forces in the entire region conducted 4,374 operation and arrested 7,695 for continued illegal trade or use of illegal drugs.
With an identified 63,367 drug personalities in the region, only 2,902 personalities remain unaccounted, which allowed police in the region to post a 95.42% accomplishment.
Of the figure of personalities, police said 57,178 have surrendered, 2,943 have been arrested, about 150 have been killed but police have put their deaths under investigation, Gornez pointed out.
In these operations, authorities across the region including allied drug enforcement units recovered 40,830 sachets of shabu and some 704 medium to large packs of the illegal material.
This sums up to 19,042.89 kilos of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu, a loot from the streets which could have been worth P224, 695,600, according to the Dangerous Drugs Board.
Moreover, PSupt Gornez also showed that the region's anti drug campaign did not just took to crystal meth.
He said, during the specific period, authorities also seized 10,390.05 kilos of marijuana leaves from the region's 3 provinces and cities.
At the same forum, Gornez also showed Bohol leading the region in drug affectation per barangay.
When the region registers a total of 92.35% of its barangays affected by the threat of drugs, Bohol keeps a 98.46% drug affectation with only 17 unaffected from its 1109 barangays.
Although Camp Sergio Osmena officials noted no seriously affected barangay in Bohol, police records bare that 782 barangays are moderately affected and another 310 barangays under slightly by drugs affected status.
As the anti drug drive rolls on, police regional officials have directed police drug enforcement teams to continue with their Tapok Hangyo (TAPHANG) and information dissemination operations. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)
Police General Noli Taliño responds to questions from the audience asking about the status of the implementation of the anti-drug drive in the Visayas even as police and military authorities have to also respond to the incursion of the armed members of the Abu Sayyaf in the region. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)--