NEARLY 2.2 million houses of suspected drug personalities in Metro Manila and other parts of the country have been visited by agents of the Philippine National Police since the implementation of Oplan: Tokhang ordered by Director General Ronald “Bato” M. dela Rosa last July 1, officials said yesterday.
The visits made on 2,183,472 residences nationwide prompted the surrender of 745,436 confessed drug personalities composed of 54,245 persons who confessed to involvement in illegal drug trafficking and 691,193 confessed users of shabu and marijuana, said PNP spokesman, Senior Superintendent Dionardo B. Carlos.
Carlos, citing reports submitted by the 18 Police Regional Offices in the country, said a total of 31,072 anti-drug operations have been conducted by the police since July 1, leading to the neutralization of 1,655 armed drug dealers during gun battles with the police and the arrest of 29,685 others.
The nearly 30,000 drug personalities were arrested during service of warrants of arrest, enforcement of search warrants for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 and RA 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulations Act of 2013, conduct of checkpoints and police responses, Carlos said.
Carlos said 13 policemen and three members of the Armed Forces have been killed while fighting heavily-armed and drug traffickers in the country since July 1. A total of 40 police officers and eight AFP personnel were also wounded in similar anti-narcotics operations during the period.
Carlos emphasized that the nearly 30,000 drug personalities were arrested unharmed by the police since they did not put up a fight and surrendered peacefully. Police have been ordered by President Duterte to never hesitate to shoot an armed drug aggressor if they deem that their lives are in danger and have to fire in self-defense and in defense of innocent civilians.