The number of “drug users and pushers” in Negros Oriental, who have voluntarily surrendered to the Philippine National Police since July 1, has reached more than 8,000 as Oplan TokHang and Project Double Barrel continue without let up.
As of Wednesday, records of the Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office showed that 7,782 self-confessed drug users and 325 pushers, or 8,107 in all, have reported to the city or municipal police stations for profiling and documentation, Darlene Eltanal, newly-designated spokesperson of NORPPO said, said.
The latest figures included Amlan with 255 users; Ayungon, 209 users and 45 pushers; Bacong, 413/7; Bais City, 330/77; Basay, 63/6; Bayawan City, 297/1; Bindoy, 67/6; Canlaon City, 196/8; Dauin, 262/2; Dumaguete City, 546/57; Guihungan City, 830/16; Jimalalud, 131/4; La Libertad, 330/8; Mabinay, 464/17; Manjuyod, 55/7; Pamplona, 217/13;
San Jose, 310/4; Siaton, 578/4; Sibulan, 993/8; Sta. Catalina, 381/16; Tanjay City, 578/29; Tayasan, 124/4; Valencia, 294/4; Vallehermoso, 184/1; and, Zamboanguita, 189 users and zero pushers.
Reports from Manila showed that almost 115,000 suspected drug pushers and dependents in the country surrendered to the police from July 1-20 under the “Oplan Tokhang” campaign that aims to wipe out illegal drugs and criminality.
Under “Oplan Tokhang”, station commanders will ask the barangay captains to submit a list of residents who are into illegal drugs, whether these are pushers, dealers, users or couriers.
The police intelligence unit will then verify the report and check if these persons are indeed involved in drugs because there are instances that barangay captains themselves are behind the illegal drug trade while some list down names of their rivals.
From July 1-20, the PNP has knocked into 61,806 houses of suspected drug personalities that resulted to the surrender of 114,833 illegal drug suspects and the arrest of 2,789, a Philippine News Agency report showed.
During the period, the PNP said 207 suspects were killed in various anti-drug operations.
PNP Chief Ronald Dela Rosa assured the public that the PNP will continue their campaign against drugs, adding that they will use every resource possible and available to finally win the anti-drug war.
Meanwhile, the Valencia police station conducted an oath-taking ceremony in relation to Oplan TokHang at 2 p.m. yesterday.
Valencia police chief Alfonso Enriquez, together with barangay officials, conducted the oath-taking ceremony of “drug personalities” in Barangay Caidiocan of the town.
Nineteen “drug personalities”, who had voluntarily surrendered to the police, took their oath and voluntarily committed themselves to stop their involvement in the illegal drugs trade and support the anti-illegal drugs program of the PNP, Enriquez said.
Drug personalities in Valencia are identified and accounted for, based on the Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council drugs watch list, he added.
Also present during the oath taking were students from Caidiocan Elementary School with their advisers, contractors from 8 Bulls and Sonegco, and residents of the barangay.*JFP
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