PHILIPPINE National Police chief, Director General Ronald “Bato”M. dela Rosa has created a national as well as regional oversight bodies tasked to monitor the progress of the police’s massive crackdown against illegal drug trafficking and abuse, officials said yesterday.
From July 1 up to yesterday, PNP spokesman, Senior Superintendent Dionardo B. Carlos said the conduct of the PNP Project: Double Barrel and Oplan: Tokhang ordered by Dela Rosa has already resulted in the killing of 402 armed drug traffickers in gunbattles with the police across the country as well as the arrest of 4,418 other suspects and the voluntary surrender of 565,806 confessed drug dealers and users.
On orders of the PNP chief, Camp Crame created the PNP Oversight Committee on Project Double Barrel to keep tab of the performance of PNP line units in the nationwide campaign against drugs ordered by President Duterte.
On Monday, members of the committee composed of the Deputy Regional Directors for Operation and the chiefs of Regional Operations and Plans Division of the 18 police regional offices met in Camp Crame to conduct an initial assessment of Project Double Barrel across the country.
The PNP Oversight Committee, according to Carlos, reviewed the performance of each Police Regional Office based on Project Double Barrel Weekly Monitoring Reports since July 1, 2016.
Also reviewed by the committee were the number of houses visited; pushers and users who surrendered; drug personalities killed and arrested; implementation of search warrants and warrants of arrest and drug interdiction operations conducted by all concerned police regional offices.
As of yesterday, the PNP said that 223,847 houses of suspected drug personalities have been visited by the police nationwide in line with their Oplan: Tokhang in which officers knock on the door of suspected drug dealer/users and persuade them to mend their ways and fully cooperate with the police in the fight against drugs.
Dela Rosa ordered all police regional offices to constitute and convene their respective regional oversight committees chaired by the regional director that will assess and evaluate the anti-drugs campaign of their police provincial offices and police stations.
The PNP chief said that these regional oversight committees shall conduct similar assessment and evaluation of the lower units with particular emphasis on the categorization of cities/municipalities in terms of drug affectation; documentation of arrested/ surrendered pushers and users; internal cleansing efforts; Top 20 watchlist of drug personalities killed or arrested; budgetary requirements; and local government executives and officials who are uncooperative in the campaign against illegal drugs.
Carlos said that the PNP may recommend to the National Police Commission and the Department of Interior and Local Government the suspension of deputation over the local police given to local chief executives who are uncooperative in the anti-drugs campaign as well as those who fail to exercise their authority to lead the anti-drugs drive ion their localities.