PNP, PDEA meet to harmonize drug war data

August 07, 2019

OFFICIALS of the Philippine National Police, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Presidential Communication Operations Office the other day met to synchronize all data on the government’s war on drugs amid confusion triggered by previous discrepancies on statistics, the Journal Group learned yesterday.

“It is a collaborative effort of the PNP, the PDEA and the PCOO. Prior to that, the PNP chief General Oscar Albayalde observed that the data of each agency released for media and public consumption does not tally,” said PNP Deputy Chief for Operations, Lieutenant General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa.

Gamboa led the meeting at the PNP Multi-Purpose Center which was attended by all supervisors of police regional offices involved in the crackdown against illegal drug trafficking and abuse since July 2016.

“The data discussed are those connected in the government’s campaign against drugs since it had sent discrepancies that sometimes lead to confusion, hence the harmonization,” the PNP’s no. 3 man said.

According to Gamboa, discussed during the meeting were how uniform interpretation of events could be had so that the tally would be the same. “Also, a further period check of data is encouraged to constantly evaluate that data tally,” he added.

Last July 19, the PNP said deaths in the drug war has reached just over 5,000 over the last three years -- a thousand less than the figure it earlier released.

The PNP said 5,526 drug suspects were killed from July 1, 2016 until June 30 this year, 1,074 less than the number it cited on June 18. The PNP had said then that 6,600 drug suspects were slain in police operations from July 1, 2016 until May 31 this year.

The PDEA headed by Director General Aaron N. Aquino said that a total of 193,063 others who were caught in buy-bust operations, service of search warrants and other anti-crime operations, during the period in review.

With Jun Christopher Balangatan