PHILIPPINE National Police chief Director General Ronald “Bato” M. dela Rosa on Friday commended the Police Regional Office 2, headed by Chief Supt. Gilbert C. Sosa, for a job well done in the ongoing campaign against drugs and criminality in the entire Cagayan Valley region.
The PNP chief motored to Cagayan Valley on Friday to lead the oath-taking of 690 confessed drug personalities who have surrendered to PRO2 in line with the conduct of the PNP’s Oplan: Tokhang and inspect high-powered weapons and ammunition seized by the local police as a result of the war against drugs, crime and terror since last July 1.
Speaking during the 115th Police Service anniversary celebration of PRO2, Gen. Dela Rosa reminded the Cagayan Valley police of its duty to keep the spirit of the police service alive every day by rendering the best services to the community at all times.
Dela Rosa said that as the PNP has visited over a million houses as part of the implementation of Oplan: Tokhang leading to the surrender of over 720,000 confessed drug users and dealers and the arrest of more than 18,000 drug personalities across the country, the PRO2 has done a significant contribution to the police drive to arrest illegal drug trafficking and abuse.
He said the relentless PRO2 anti-drug campaign saw the local police force visiting nearly 180,000 residences, triggering the surrender of some 20,000 drug personalities in the region.
Cagayan Valley policemen have also shot dead nine armed drug dealers during gunbattles in the region and arrested 591 other suspects.
“I expect you to sustain your momentum and work, even harder to achieve our mission. As we enter the 4th month of our operations against illegal drugs, I ask that we intensify our efforts even more in order to achieve our objective to finally rid every corner of our country of the scourge of illegal drugs,” he said.
“Tunay na nakakabahala ang pagkatalamak ng illegal na droga sa ating bansa. Hindi natin inasahan na ganito ka-lalim at kalawak ang problemang ito kaya nagpapasalamat ako dahil binigyan tayo ng mahal na Pangulong Duterte ng mas mahaba pang panahon upang ipagpa-tuloy at palakasin ang pagsulong ng kampanya laban sa illegal na droga,” he said.
“But let us not take this as a reason to relax or slow down in our operations. On the contrary, let us use every opportunity given us to do better and achieve more in this mission. Mas lalong nakakabahala nang malaman natin na mas marami pa pala ta-yong kasamahan sa ating hanay ang na-involve sa illegal na droga. Kaya kayo, sinuman sa inyo ang nainvolve d’yan at ’di pa kayo nahuhuli, ihinto n’yo na ’yan, sumurender na kayo,” he said.