POLICE will continue visiting houses of suspected drug dealers and users even during the holidays as part of the stepped-up campaign against illegal drug trafficking and abuse ordered by Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ M. dela Rosa, the PNP spokesman said yesterday.
“Oplan: Tokhang will continue even during the holidays. Tuluy-tuloy po ’yan,” Senior Superintendent Dionardo B. Carlos said.
The official said that Gen. dela Rosa has ordered all 18 Police Regional Offices as well as other concerned national support units to press their war on drugs and not give drug personalities any chance to continue their illegal activities.
PNP records show that as of yesterday, 2,102 armed drug suspects have been killed in gunbattles with police officers across the country. Police have also arrested 40,932 known drug dealers during the conduct of search warrants, buy-bust operations, checkpoints and police responses since July 1, the period which saw the PNP conducting a total of nearly 39,000 anti-narcotics operations.
More than 4,473,000 houses have been visited by the police during the period resulting in the surrender of over 835,000 confessed drug personalities, about 70,000 of them known drug dealers.
Meanwhile, 908,244 drug suspects have surrendered, of which 837,396 were users and 70,848 were pushers.
A total of 17 police office and three Armed Forces personnel have been killed while 47 PNP agents and eight soldiers have been wounded while conducting anti-narcotics missions since the start of the Duterte administration.