VOWING to continue the massive government crackdown to suppress crime and put the drug situation under control, President Duterte and Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ M. de la Rosa called on the 170,000-strong police force to emulate the PNP’s role models for honesty and dedication to duty.
“The fight against drugs will continue and be unrelenting,” the President said as he warned shabu manufacturers and traffickers to be extra careful. “I will not allow anybody to destroy my country, the next generation.” He said that in a nation where there are an estimated 3 million drug addicts whose brain shrinks after repeated use of the powerful stimulant, there’s a big need to address the problem and immediately.
President Duterte, Gen. de la Rosa and Interior Undersecretary Catalino S. Cuy distributed plaques of appreciation to the outstanding police officers and units during the 115th Police Service Anniversary at Camp Crame.
Gen. de la Rosa cited the PNP accomplishments since he took over as its chief last July 1. He said that during the period, they conducted a total of 306,991 house visitations as they implemented Oplan: Tokhang with police knocking on the doors suspected drug users and pushers and pleading to them to surrender and mend their ways.
As a result, he said, 518,310 users and 45,799 pushers or a total of 564,109 drug personalities surrendered to authorities. He added that a total of 7,830 suspects were arrested while 752 have been killed.
Those who received awards from the President were Senior Superintendent Valeriano T. de Leon of the Police Regional Office 11 in Southern Mindanao; Supt. Reynald E. Ariño of the elite PNP Special Action Force; Senior Inspector Lito T. Pirote of the PNP Anti- Illegal Drugs Group; Senior Police Officer 1 Mhay M. Rubio of the Police Regional Office 3 in Central Luzon; PO2 Jonathan G. Robles, also of the PRO 3 ; Non-Uniformed Personnel Rosana D. Tupaz of the PRO6 in Western Visayas; NUP Mary Jeanne D.L. Nadres of the PNP Directorate for Plans; the Police Regional Office 2 headed by Chief Supt. Gilbert C. Sosa; the PNP Special Action Force headed by Chief Supt. Benjamin M. Lusad; the PNP Information Technology Management Service headed by Chief Supt. Edwin Jose G. Nemenzo; the Bulacan Police Provincial Office headed by Senior Supt. Romeo M. Caramat Jr.; the Iligan City Police Office headed by Senior Supt. Leony Roy G. Ga;
the Sta. Rosa City Police Station headed by Supt. Giovanni S. Martinez; the Nagcarlan Municipal Police Station headed by Chief Inspector Leopoldo M. Ferrer Jr.; the Regional Public Safety Battalion 13 headed by Supt. Chito G. Bersaluna; the Pangasinan Provincial Public Safety Company headed by Supt. Virgilio C. Pascua Jr.; the Zamboanga City Public Safety Company headed by Supt. Ariston D. Limos; the Women And Children Protection Desk of PRO 11 in Southern Mindanao headed by Chief Inspector Jacqueline A. Antero.
The Regional Police Human Rights Desk of PRO 3 headed by Supt. Hercules P. Ileto; the Police Strategy Management Unit of the Cordillera Police headed by Cordillera Deputy Regional Director for Administration, Chief Supt. Robert G. Quenery; the Regional Special Training Unit of PRO 2 in Cagayan Valley headed by Supt. Jojo S. de la Cruz; the Police Regional Office 5 headed by Chief Supt. Melvin Ramon G. Buenafe;
the Cebu Police Provincial Office headed by Senior Supt. Jose B. Macanas; the PRO13 in Caraga region headed by Chief Supt. Rolando B. Felix; the Regional Special Operations Task Group Pangasinan headed by Chief Supt. Marlou C. Chan, the Rizal Police Provincial Office headed by Senior Supt. Adriano T. Enong; and the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group headed by Chief Supt. Roel B. Obusan.