BEFORE President Duterte ordered the Philippine National Police to stop all its anti-narcotics
operations last week, the public should know that over 114,000 known drug personalities were arrested
‘alive,’ 1,473 of them considered ‘high-value’ drug targets in the country, officials said yesterday.
According to PNP Director for Operations, Director Camilo Pancratius P. Cascolan, a total of
1,473 out of the over 8,000 identified ‘high-value’ drug targets are now in jail after being arrested
in anti-narcotics operations since July 1, 2016.
Cascolan said that there a total of 8,315 ‘HVT’s or big-time drug traffickers as well as
public officials involved in illegal drug activities were identified by the PNP and other law
enforcement agencies since President Duterte ordered a nationwide crackdown on drugs last year.
The official said that data generated by their office showed that out of the total number,
1,473 have been arrested and are now in jail facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the
Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
Another 145 ‘HVT’s died during the conduct of police operations from July 1, 2016 to last
September 19. Another 105 targets were listed as ‘homicide cases’ which are still being investigated.
Cascolan said 3,489 of the ‘HVT’s have surrendered as a result of the PNP Oplan: Tokhang and
are still the subject of intense monitoring by the police.
Moreover, the remaining 3,103 ‘HVT’s were classified as “either deceased, undergoing
rehabilitation, monitored to be in other country or cannot be located in their respective areas”.
The last Real Numbers on Anti-Illegal Drugs Campaign released by the Philippine Drug
Enforcement Agency said a total of 1,308,078 confessed drug personalities have appeared and surrendered
while 113,932 were arrested in connection with the crackdown on drugs launched by the PNP and the PDEA
More than 90 percent of the anti-drug efforts of the government as a whole was accomplished by
the PNP, the report said.
PNP chief, Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ M. dela Rosa earlier assured the citizenry that
police highly value the lives of people and would want to arrest all drug offenders alive in order to
see them prosecuted and jailed.
He issued the statement amid the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey which said that 9
out of 10 or 90 percent of the respondents want drug suspects to be arrested alive.
PNP spokesman, Chief Superintendent Dionardo B. Carlos also said that in their 71,393 drug
operations conducted from July 1, 2016 to last Sept. 30, about 109,090 drug offenders were arrested and
are now facing criminal charges.
The presence of more than 100,000 drug offenders have further added to the jail congestion
problem in Metro Manila and other parts of the country.
Carlos said that similarly, policemen conducting Oplan: Tokhang operations have visited
8,794,120 nationwide that resulted to the voluntary surrender of 1,260,196 confessed drug dealers and
users who were all accorded the opportunity to change.
Carlos said this only goes to show that they value the right to life of drug suspects.
He noted that more than 1.09 million suspects were arrested in 71,393 anti-drug operations from
July 1 last year to September 30 this year and are facing charges in court.
The PNP spokesman said that records will show that from July, 2016 to last August 31, the PNP
improved its Crime Clearance Efficiency to 73.68 percent from the 69.03 percent last year and the Crime
Solution Efficiency to 60.33 percent from 56.23 percent last year.
“The improvements in the CCE and CSE only show that the PNP is relentless in its investigations
until cases are solved and/or cleared with suspects arrested, detained, charged and prosecuted in
court,” he said.
The PNP leadership earlier posed the question: “Where are the 13,000 EJK victims in the current
campaign against drugs being cited by government critics? The question was raised in the wake of
official reports on the progress of the PNP: Double Barrel and Homicide Cases under Investigation since
July 1 last year.
Official PNP records showed the following: there were 2,290 ‘drug-related deaths’ during the
period; 3,850 armed suspects died during police operations while 85 government troops -- 82 of them
policemen and three soldiers -- were killed as a result of the war on drugs so far.
A total of 6,225 deaths was recorded and validated which include the 3,850 individuals who died
during police operations, majority of them during actual buy-bust operations.
If armed drug dealers are not offering any resistance, how come 85 policemen and soldiers have
been killed while 204 others were wounded while conducting the war on drugs since July last year,