About a hundred active drugs personalities on the drugs watchlist are still operating in Bacolod City and are subject to surveillance, Chief Insp. Jerick Filosofo, head of the City Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group, said yesterday.
Filosofo said 125 drugs personalities have already been arrested in anti-drugs operations, checkpoints and other police interventions.
Also, four drug groups, or those with areas of operation and organization umbrellas, have been identified by the police, he said.
The validation of the drugs watchlist was done Nov. 15, 2015, Filosofo said.
Incoming President Rodrigo Duterte recently asked for a list of drug personalities from each region as one of his campaign promises before the election was to curb crimes, including the illegal drugs trade, in the first three to six months of his administration.
Filosofo said their data are ready for submission to the Philippine National Police higher headquarters, in anticipation of the incoming president's request.
The anti-drugs operation, as well as the drug clearing operations in the barangays will be continuous, Filosofo said.
Of the 61 barangays in Bacolod, only Barangay 20 has been cleared, and the remaining 60 are still drug-affected, but these are classified into slightly-affected, moderately-affected, and seriously-affected, based on given parameters, Filosofo said.
The drug clearing operation is not the sole responsibility of the PNP as it also involves cooperation from local government agencies in the barangays, cities and provinces, Filosofo said.
He said one of the hindrances in clearing the barangays from drugs is the slow coming in of reports on illegal drugs activities from the populace.
“Since drugs involve money, people fear that their lives will be at stake,” Filosofo said.*SGG
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