A TOTAL of 1,473 out of the over 8,000 identified “high-value” drug targets have been arrested by agents of the Philippine National Police since it started its war on drugs in July 2016, a senior PNP official said yesterday.
PNP Director for Operations Director Camilo Pancratius P. Cascolan said that there were a total of 8,315 HVTs or big-time drug traffickers as well as public officials involved in illegal drug activities who were identified by the PNP and other law enforcement agencies since President Duterte ordered a nationwide crackdown on drugs last year.
The official said that data generated by their office showed that out of the total number, 1,473 have been arrested and are now in jail facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
Another 145 HVTs died during the conduct of police operations from July 1, 2016 to last September 19. Another 105 targets were listed as homicide cases which are still being investigated.
Cascolan said that 3,489 of the HVTs have surrendered as a result of the PNP Oplan: Tokhang and are still the subject of intense monitoring by the police.
Moreover, the remaining 3,103 HVTs were classified as “either deceased, undergoing rehabilitation, monitored to be in other country or cannot be located in their respective areas.”
Latest Real Numbers on Anti-Illegal Drugs Campaign showed that a total of 1,308,078 confessed drug personalities have surfaced and surrendered while 113,932 were arrested in connection with the crackdown on drugs launched by the PNP and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency since July last year.
More than 90 percent of the anti-drug efforts of the government as a whole was accomplished by the PNP, the report said.
PNP chief Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ M. de la Rosa earlier assured the citizenry that police highly value the lives of people and would want to arrest all drug offenders alive in order to see them prosecuted and jailed.
He issued the statement amid the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey which said that 9 out of 10 or 90 percent of the respondents want drug suspects to be arrested alive.
PNP spokesman, Chief Superintendent Dionardo B. Carlos supported his chief’s statement and said that in their 71,393 drug operations conducted from July 1, 2016 to Sept. 30 this year, about 109,090 drug offenders were arrested and are now facing criminal charges.