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Drug war now less bloody – ‘Bato’

  • Written by Alfred Dalizon
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THE renewed anti-drug war by the Philippine National Police from March 1 up to yesterday is really “less bloody” compared to the first seven months of the campaign as it has only resulted in the killing of 107 armed drug dealers in clashes with undercover officers, PNP chief Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ M. de la Rosa said yesterday. 

Based on the 107 body count in actual police anti-narcotics operations, the PNP chief said it would be really safe to say that ‘Oplan Tokhang Revisited’ is really “less bloody” since the number of defiant armed drug personalities have slowly been dwindling to pose danger to the lives of the police and the public.
   
Official PNP records showed that from July 1, 2016 to January 30 this year, a total of 2,602 armed drug offenders were killed in gunbattles with the police, making the 107 figure of armed suspects killed in police operations since last March 1 very minimal.
   
He said that multiplying the number by seven would only result in a total of 749.        
   
“The number of armed suspects killed in police operations since last March 1 have been reduced by at least 700 percent compared to the figures from July 1, 2016 to last January 30.
   
Gen. de la Rosa said the dwindling figure could only mean one thing: that many armed drug suspects have been killed in previous police operations.
   
The PNP chief said that the PNP Oplan: Double Barrel Alpha Reloaded since last March 1 have already resulted in the arrest of 7,940 drug personalities and the surrender of 71,620 confessed drug dealers and users.
   
As of yesterday, he said that police nationwide have already conducted 4,973 anti-drug operations and have visited 578,276 houses of known drug personalities.
   
PNP spokesman Senior Superintendent Dionardo B. Carlos said one policeman has been killed while four others were wounded while battling heavily-armed drug dealers during the period.              
   
Of the nearly 72,000 personalities who yielded to the police as a result of the implementation of the PNP Oplan: Tokhang Revisited, more than 7,500, at least 250 of them confessed drug dealers, have surrendered to the National Capital Region Police Office headed by Director Oscar D. Albayalde.
   
Gen. de la Rosa said they are convincing those who have yielded to the police to undergo drug treatment and rehabilitation. He said that around 80 percent of them can be treated by community-based drug treatment programs.