Philippine National Police yesterday said that a total of 895 armed drug traffickers have been killed in gunbattles with the police since July 1, the day President Duterte ordered PNP chief Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ M. de la Rosa to launch a massive crackdown against illegal drug trafficking and abuse.
Official records released by the PNP Public Information Office said that from July 1 until yesterday, 895 armed drug suspects have been killed, 12,920 have been arrested and 812 search warrants for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 have been served.
The operations have resulted in the voluntary surrender of 585,304 confessed drug users and 41,064 confessed drug dealers or a total of 626,368 drug personalities.
PNP spokesman Senior Superintendent Dionardo B. Carlos said that police have also visited 555,018 houses nationwide as part of the implementation of the PNP Oplan: Tokhang.
Gen. de la Rosa also renewed his appeal to the citizenry to help them catch rogues in uniform particularly policemen who are involved in illegal drug trafficking and abuse.
Carlos assured all who will heed De la Rosa’s appeal that their identities will be kept in utmost secrecy to protect them from possible reprisals from drug syndicates. According to him, all pieces of information which may be sent to the PNP hotline 0917-8475757 are being thoroughly validated. The hotline is open round-the-clock with personnel manning the hotline office forwarding the information to concerned police offices and units for a thorough validation.
“We are fully aware of the alarming drug situation in the country such that we are giving this national campaign against drugs our complete and unqualified support,” the PNP spokesperson said.
As of yesterday, PNP investigators are still continuing their investigation of policemen and local government officials named by President Duterte as drug protectors and traffickers.