EIGHTY-TWO percent of residents of Metro Manila agree with the government’s war against drugs and feel much safer when they are in the streets and in the confines of their homes, a Pulse Asia survey showed.
National Capital Region Police Office chief, Director Oscar D. Albayalde, said yesterday that in particular, the survey showed that residents feel safer when the Metro police force launched its crackdown against illegal drug trafficking and abuse under the Philippine National Police Oplan: Double Barrel on July 1 last year and the Oplan: Double Barrel Reloaded last March 6 after a one-month hiatus.
Since March 6, NCRPO agents have arrested 288 known drug dealers and visited the houses of 1,160 suspected drug personalities leading to the surrender of 464 confessed drug users. One armed drug dealer was also killed in a firefight with NCRPO agents during the period. So far, 46 armed drug suspects have been slain in gunbattles with the police across the country.
The survey showed that the NCRPO’s war on drugs gained 82% approval rating from the public.
The respondents were asked to answer the Pulse Asia Research survey question: “Compared to last year, I feel that it is less dangerous now in our place because of the campaign against illegal drugs.”
The survey was conducted on December 6-11, 2016 in Metro Manila with randomly selected respondents from all walks of life.
Albayalde was inspired by the survey result and assured the public that they will continue their thrust on crime prevention and suppression, the war against illegal drugs and illegal gambling and most importantly, their own internal cleansing program.
“This result will serve as our driving force to continue our mission on eradicating illegal drugs and other illegal activities in the Metro. We will take this accomplishment as one of our basis and guide to further improve our performance, to address the security demands of the public, and to further pursue our transformation program,” the 2-star police general said.
He also acknowledged the significance of the information sharing that lead to the arrest and neutralization of illegal drug personalities as he assured that all information, reports and complaints of the public will be acted accordingly and promptly.