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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, July 12, 2016
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‘PNP victim of own
anti drug drive'

The Philippine National Police is now a victim of its success, as it did not anticipate the surrender of thousands of pushers and users in just 11 days of implementing the Oplan Tokhang campaign in Negros island.

But the war against drugs goes on, Chief Supt. Conrado Capa, Negros island police director said, despite the surrender of 6,000 pushers and users as of yesterday.

Capa admitted yesterday that he did not anticipate the huge number of drug peddlers and users, who pledged to stop using drugs, or their peddling activities in Negros island.

He said local executives at the provincial level are coming up with a plan, either to pool their resources, in extending social and economic support, and putting up rehabilitation centers for surrenderees, in every political district.

Of the 6,000 surrenderees, 1,529 gave themselves up to the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, almost 4,000 to the Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office, and the rest to the Bacolod City Police Office.

Oplan Tokhang will be implemented as long as it is necessary, It will not stop, there is no time table other than six months, Capa said, in response to the promise of President Rodrigo Duterte to address the illegal drug problem in the country, within six months.

By then, we might have a dent or impact in our anti-drug campaign, he added.

At the same time, Capa warned police chiefs, city and provincial police directors that they will be measured by the week, or by the month, in their campaign against drugs.

This was after some police stations in Negros island were found to have zero accomplishment in the implementation of Oplan Tokhang campaign.

Expressing his elation over the accomplishment of Senior Supt. Harris Fama, outgoing provincial police director of Negros Oriental, especially in his anti-drug campaign and “best practices” Capa ordered Senior Supt. Nestor Tiempo to enforce the Oplan Double Barrel, that aims to target drug personalities, who have shown defiance to their campaign against drugs.*GPB



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