VICE PRESIDENT Leni Robredo was given an update on the national drug situation shortly after she accepted President Rodrigo Duterte’s offer to become co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD), the Journal Group learned yesterday.
In the presence of her co-chair, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chair Director General Aaron N. Aquino, the Vice President was given an update on the present national drug situation thru the latest RealNumbersPH presentation.
The RealNumbersPH presentation given to the Vice-President said that from July 1, 2016 to last August 31, government law enforcement agencies led by the PDEA and the PNP have conducted 142,996 anti-illegal drug operations which led in the arrest of 208,279 drug offenders and the killing of 5,779 armed drug dealers in gunbattles with officers.
During the period, a total of 374 secret drug dens and 14 clandestine drug laboratories were also dismantled. The period also saw the government declaring 14,549 barangays as “drug -cleared” while 18,356 others are yet to be cleared from drugs.
Over the 37-month period, 700 government workers composed of 286 elected officials, 337 government employees and 77 uniformed personnel were arrested for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
During the same period, a total of 2,569 children with ages ranging from 4-years old to 17-years old were also rescued during anti-drug operations. Of the total, 1416 were known drug pushers, two were marijuana cultivators, 134 were visitors of raided drug dives, 7 were known drug den maintainers, 10 were drug den employees, 326 were drug users and 674 were caught in possession of dangerous drugs.
The period in review also saw the government accounting for P35.66 billion worth of dangerous drugs including shabu and its controlled precursors and other essential chemicals and laboratory equipment. Of the total volume confiscated, P26.63 billion or roughly 4.502 tons are shabu or the so-called ‘poor man’s cocaine’ followed by cocaine, the designer drug called Ecstasy and marijuana.
The report to Vice-President Robredo also showed the arrest of 7,645 ‘high-value targets’ during the period. They are composed of 202 foreign nationals, 286 elected officials, 77 uniformed personnel, 337 gov’t employees, 2,123 ‘target-listed’ drug personalities, 202 drug group leaders/members, 57 armed group members, 756 drug den maintainers, 191 wanted drug personalities, 9 celebrities/prominent personalities, and 2,905 others who were arrested over “high-impact operations.”