LUCENA City -- The stepped-up campaign of Quezon Police Provincial Office (QPPO) against prohibited drugs continues to gain fruitful results as indicated in its monthly accomplishment report.
In a media briefing, Quezon police director Senior Supt. Antonio Yarra bared to local newsmen the significant output of his office’s exerted effort against illegal drugs.
Yarra assumed his post on July 11, replacing Senior Supt. Eugenio Paguirigan.
As part of their supply reduction strategy, Yarra reported that from July 1 to 31, the QPPO launched 140 anti-drug operations, 53 of which were drug buy-bust, 57 were search warrant implementation, 26 were inflagrante delicto while 4 were thru police checkpoints.
“These operations resulted in the arrest of 198 suspected drug pushers, 96 suspected drug users, 12 wanted personalities and a minor following the seizure of 146.01 grams of shabu and 92.59 grams of marijuana leaves with an estimated street value of P275,210.95,” said Yarra.
Within said period, Supt. Giovanni Caliao, who heads the Provincial Operations Branch, said seven drug personalities, whom the police claimed to have resisted arrest, have been killed in shootouts.
Caliao said three of the incidents happened in the towns of Gumaca, Dolores, Tiaong while the rest all transpired in this city. He said the slain suspects were all included in the PNP’s drugs watchlist and high-value target.
Caliao also noted the killing of 26 drug personalities in the towns of San Antonio, Mauban, Sariaya, Lopez, Pagbilao, Candelaria, Tiaong, Infanta, Tagkawayan, Lucban, Pitogo, Dolores, Calauag, Tayabas City and this city.
Under the project Oplan Tokhang, Caliao reported that 3,963 houses of 13,319 suspected pushers and users have been visited in the entire province of Quezon. Of the total number, he said 9,643 were pushers while 3,963 were users.
As of Friday, Caliao said 1,514 policemen out of the 1,667 total strength of QPPO have already undergone drug test as part of the PNP internal cleansing program. Of the 1,514, he said only 1 was tested positive.
Asked if their intensified anti-drug campaign would result in increase of index crimes, Yarra showed a graph indicating that the Quezon police, though focused on illegal drugs problem, is also addressing other crimes.
“Our priority mission is to run after drug pushers and users, but of course, we’re also doing our other police duties,” Yarra said.