PHILIPPINE Drug Enforcement Agency chair Director General Aaron N. Aquino yesterday defended the government’s war on drugs amid Vice President Ma. Leni Robredo’s claim that it has failed miserably and should be stopped.
“Sa amin sa PDEA, hindi namin kino-consider itong isang failure, in fact, kino-consider namin itong isang solution. Makikita naman majority of the Filipino ay satisfied sa war on drugs ng gobyerno,” said Aquino, citing the recent Social Weather Stations survey which showed majority of the public fully appreciating President Duterte’s war on drugs and giving him an “excellent” grade.
According to Aquino, the campaign resulted in the seizure of some P36-billion worth of illegal drugs, arrest of almost 200,000 suspects, and drug-free status of 15,000 barangays in two years and four months of its conduct.
“Kapag itinigil ang kampanya laban sa iligal na droga, mamamayagpag na naman lahat ng mga drug lords, lahat ng mga drug pushers, mga users dito sa atin. Sayang naman yung pinasimulan natin. Ang laki na ng accomplishments natin, bakit ngayon pa ihihinto?” the retired police general said.
PNP Officer-in-Charge Lieutenant General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa said the PNP remains relentless in its campaign to wipe out illegal drugs and in particular, going after the ‘big fishes’ or ‘HVTs.’
From July 1, 2016 to last July 31, the PNP has conducted a total of 163,622 anti-illegal drugs operations resulting in the arrest of more than 256,000 drug personalities, the death of more than 6,000 in police operations, and the surrender of more than 1,200,000 under Oplan Tokhang.
The PNP’s operation against HVT’s resulted in the arrest of 3,133, surrender of 3,705 and the death of 325 in police operations.