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Thousands more to fall in drug war

  • Written by Alfred Dalizon
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THE Philippine National Police headed by Director General Ronald “Bato” M. dela Rosa in 2016 accounted for nearly 1.425 million drug personalities in the country and will target around 376,000 more identified drug dealers and users this year as it steps up Oplan: Double Barrel Alpha, a senior PNP official said yesterday.

According to Director Camilo Pancratius P. Cascolan of the PNP Directorate for Operations, the Dangerous Drugs board National Household Survey in 2015 showed that there were about 1.8 million drug users and pushers across the country.

He said having accounted for a total of 1,424,622 known drug personalities from July 1 to December 31 last year, they still need to account for 375,388 drug users and pushers this year.

The PNP leadership earlier reported to President Duterte that they accounted for 79 percent of their 1.8 million drug target last year.

Included in the 79 percent are the 1,143,896 individuals who surrendered in the wake of the implementation of the PNP Oplan: Tokhang; the 47,922 who were arrested; the 1,151 whose killings were described as ‘Death Under Investigation;’ the 1,252 PNP, Armed Forces and National Intelligence Coordinating Agency-listed drug personalities; the 10,424 drug personalities undergoing rehabilitation; the 66,647 drug offenders currently in jail; the 153 under counseling of the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the 147,756 drug personalities arrested or killed form 2010 to June 30, 2016.
   
Gen. Dela Rosa has ordered the implementation of the PNP anti-illegal drugs campaign plan called “Double Barrel Alpha” to extend and expand the previous campaign plan “Double Barrel”with more focus on the accounting of “high-value target personalities” involved in illegal drugs and progressing towards the ultimate objective of clearing of all drug-affected barangays nationwide.
   
As of December 31 last year, police have accounted for 571 out of the 942 “high-value drug targets” and are still tracking down 371 others.
   
Prior to President Duterte’s victory in the May 2016 polls, PDEA records showed that 13,451 barangays or 32 percent of the total 42,036 barangays nationwide were considered as “drug-affected.”   
   
On record, the National Capital Region has the highest rate of drug affectation with 92.44 percent or 1,577 of its total 1,706 barangays “drug-affected” followed by Negros Island Region with 53.32 or 650 of its 1,219 barangays and Calabarzon region with 49.10 percent or 1,458 of its total 4,018 barangays tagged as “drug-affected.”