NATIONAL Capital Region Police Office director, Chief Superintendent Oscar D. Albayalde yesterday said that a total of 153 armed drug traffickers in Metro Manila have been killed in gunbattles with the local police since last July 1.
Albayalde said that the Northern Police District headed by Senior Supt. Roberto Fajardo shot dead 35 of the suspects; the Eastern Police District under Senior Supt. Romulo Sapitula gunned down 16; the Manila Police District headed by Senior Supt. Joel Napoleon Coronel killed 58; the Southern Police District under Senior Supt. Tomas Apolinario gunned down 17; and the Quezon City Police District headed by Senior Supt. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar shot dead 27 armed suspects.
The official said they are also investigating the cases of 68 men and women who were summarily executed, their bodies dumped in different parts of the metropolis with the killers leaving placards near the victims’ bodies with the words: Don’t imitate. I’m a drug pusher.’
Seventeen of the cases of so-called ‘death under inquiry’ happened at the jurisdiction of the Northern Police District in Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas and Valenzuela districts; seven at the Eastern Police District’s territory which includes San Juan, Pasig, Mandaluyong and Marikina; 20 in Manila which is under the Manila Police District; 12 in Makati, Pasay, Parañaque, Taguig and Pateros which is under the jurisdiction of the Southern Police District; and 12 in Quezon City which is under the QCPD.
Albayalde said that since July 1, the day Philippine National Police chief, Director General Ronald “Bato” M. dela Rosa ordered the massive enforcement of the PNP Project: Double Barrel and Oplan: Tokhang, NCRPO agents have already arrested 1,137 suspects broken down as follows: NPD-182; EPD-32; MPD-128; SPD-333; and the QCPD-362.
The massive crackdown against drugs in Metro Manila since last month have also resulted in the seizure of around 305 kilograms of shabu, marijuana and other banned substances worth over P1.5 billion; 96 illegal firearms; 27 bladed weapons; and six grenades.
Albayalde said that during the period in review, NCRPO operatives visited 27,618 houses of suspected drug dealers and users; referred 21,243 confessed drug users for voluntary rehabilitation; and forced the surrender of 2,289 confessed drug dealers.
Fajardo yesterday noted a massive reduction in crimes against properties in Camanava district as a result of their stepped-up anti-drugs campaign.