Friday, July 15, 2016

Bicol police: 10,483 mass surrenderees in two-week drug war, one-tenth of target
By Jorge Hallare

LEGAZPI CITY, July 14 (PNA) -- Bicol police recorded 10,483 drug personalities-surrenderees in the region over a two-week period, representing 10 percent of the total estimated number involved in the illegal drug trade, since the crackdown started when President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office on June 30.

Supt. Abelardo Borromeo, chief of Regional Operations and Plans Division or R3 of Police Regional Office 5 (PRO5), gave this report during a regional consultation organized Wednesday by the National Police Commission in the region in this city.

He told representatives of various government agencies, military and non-government organizations attending the consultation that of the 10,483 surrenderees -- to both local government executives and police officials—there were 893 pushers and 9,590 users.

Borromeo said Albay has the highest number of surrenderees with 3,730, Camarines Sur- 3,105, Camarines Norte—1,385, Sorsogon- 1,206, Catanduanes--417, Masbate--192 and Naga City Police Office-- 448.

He said aside from the mass surrenders of drug personalities for the period July 1 to 12, there were 11 drug personalities killed and 88 arrested during the same period.

National government agencies that sent representatives to the consultation included the Department of Justice, Department of Health, Department of Interior and Local Government.

Representatives from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, and other local government units, also learned the police recovered 321 plastic sachets of shabu (methampetamine hydrochloride), 16 firearms and three hand grenades.

Police reported the achievements resulted from two campaigns it launched. These are "Oplan double barrel" or the targeting of both “high-value and street-level drug personalities and “Operation Tokhang” (a Visayan term that means to knock and make an appeal), in various neighborhoods where the drug rings operate.

Borromeo said they would give all the drug personalities in the region an ultimatum of up to three months to surrender before they launch more aggressive operations.

“We are planning to create an anti-illegal drug task force in the provincial, city and municipal levels that will cover all areas in the Bicol region,” he said.

Napolcom Regional Director Atty. Josephmar Gil said he prefers that the consultation be done at the provincial level because of the different situations in the drug and crime problems.

“People in the provinces are more knowledgeable of their situation so it would be best if they will be the one to plan and discuss solutions to their problem,” he said.

Gil said they plan to hold a national consultation in the central office of Napolcom in Metro Manila where inputs from the regions will be taken up. (PNA) LAP/GVR/JH/CBD