Saturday, November 5, 2016

Albay police aim to arrest 3 drug suspects daily as part of PNP’s 'extensive' drug war
By Jorge Hallare

LEGAZPI CITY, Nov. 4, (PNA) -- The Albay Provincial Police Office (PPO) has ordered all 15 Municipal Police Offices and three City Police Offices in the province to arrest at least three drug suspects everyday as part of the extensive anti-illegal drug campaign of the Philippine National Police.

Chief Insp. Arthur Gomez, spokesperson and chief of investigation division of Albay PPO, disclosed that the Police Regional Office in Bicol (PRO5) has ordered all the six PPOs in Albay, Sorsogon, Catanduanes, Masbate Camarines Sur and Camarines Norte to divide among themselves the more than 24,000 drug personalities still listed in the drug watch lists, including the new listed suspects in the region, who should be hunted and arrested.

He said the campaign is under Camp Crame's newest implemention of "Double Barrel Alpha," which is the second wave of Project: Double Barrel that has been targeting both high-profile and street level drug suspects.

Gomez said Albay PPO still has over 4,000 drug suspects in the province who are subject of their “expanded and extensive anti-illegal drug campaign.”

Data from PRO5 showed that out of the 46,207 drug suspects who have been surrendered since start of Operation Tokhang (the neighborhood campaign to knock on doors) on July 1 in the Bicol region, Albay has recorded 12,314 surrenderees, of whom 11,194 are users while 1,120 are pushers.

He said, however, that despite the big number of surrenderers in Bicol, Camp Crame has said there are still around 24,000 drug personalities in the region.

“They should be ordered hunted and arrested as soon as possible. The remaining 24,000 drug suspects in the region have been divided into six by all the PPOs,” said Gomez.

He said Senior Supt. Antonino Cirujales, Albay PPO director, has ordered the chiefs of police in the province to “double or triple their efforts” to arrest all of these 4,000 drug suspects in Albay until December 31.

"Director Cirujales gave orders to our chiefs of police to arrest at least three drug suspects a day in their town to meet the deadline given to us by PRO5 and Camp Crame," Gomez said.

The Albay PPO has implemented a revamp of some of the chiefs of police as part of the extensive and expanded campaign against illegal drugs.

Last Wednesday, Chief Insp. Luke Ventura, Guinobatan officer-in-charge (OIC) chief of police was replaced by Chief Insp. Cecilia Zuniga.

Gomez said in Malinao, Sr. Insp. Jumie Cardano was replaced by Chief Insp. Vergel Bibat as OIC.

On Thursday morning, Chief Insp. Errol Garchitorena, was replaced as OIC chief of police of Legazpi City by Supt. Nilo Berdin. Mayor Noel Rosal who witnessed the turnover was assisted by Cirujales as the installing officer.

“Ventura and Cardano will undergo schooling needed for their promotion while Garchitorena will be assigned at the Regional Police Strategic Management Unit of PRO5 in Camp Simeon A. Ola here,” said Gomez. (PNA) LAP/GVR/JH/EDS