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‘Bato’ to Albayalde: Keep flames of gov’t war on drugs burning

  • Written by Alfred P. Dalizon
  • Published in Nation
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OUTGOING Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ M. dela Rosa has called on his most worthy successor, National Capital Region Police Office chief Director Oscar D. Albayalde, to continue their massive crackdown against illegal drug trafficking and abuse at all cost.

“I am calling on all of you to join Gen. Albayalde in his new mission. I give him my full trust and confidence. We started strong so we should finish strong,” he said.

In the “final edition” of his regular Monday press briefing at Camp Crame, Gen. Dela Rosa gave the media a glimpse of his accomplishments during his 21 months as PNP chief, foremost of which is the war on drugs which he described as the “closest to my heart because of its relevance to our lives and national well-being.’

“I am pleased to share the results of the earnest efforts of your Philippine National Police in the anti-illegal drug drive that we re-launched on December 4, 2017 through Project Double Barrel.

“Since then and until three days ago last April 13, 2018 we arrested a total of 19,086 drug offenders in 12,032 separate anti-illegal drugs operations conducted across the country by the police drug enforcement units in different levels of command,” he said.

Dela Rosa said “these 12,032 anti-illegal drugs operations, was not at all a walk in the park, because there were isolated life-threatening confrontations with armed drug suspects that necessitated the use of reasonable force by our operatives, thus resulting in 207 deaths from these police operations.”

“I am glad to take note of the responsiveness of the Police Regional Offices in heeding the call of the national leadership and the popular desire to rid our nation of the scourge of illegal drugs,” he said.

The outgoing PNP chief cited the top 4 performing Police Regional Offices when it comes to the PNP Project: Double Barrel led by Abayalde’s NCRPO. According to him, the NCRPO during the period conducted 3,620 anti-narcotics operations which led to 7,162 arrests. It was followed by the Police Regional Office 4-A in Calabarzon region headed by Chief Superintendent Ma-o R. Aplasca with 1,837 operations and 2,998 arrests; the PRO3 in Central Luzon headed by Chief Supt. Amador v. Corpus with 1,691 operations and 3,392 arrests; and the PRO7 in Central Visayas headed by Chief Supt. Robert G. Quenery with 1,428 operations and 2,180 arrests.

“All PROs likewise fared well in the left-hand effort in the anti-illegal drugs drive through 9,566 separate Tokhang activities that yielded 8,081 surrenderers,” he said.

“Ladies and gentlemen, I must mention that the commitment of the PNP in the anti-illegal drugs campaign does not end with the retirement of Ronald Dela Rosa, rather, we can expect more effective results-oriented operations against illegal drugs under a new leadership that will infuse new blood into the campaign,” he added.