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Negros PNP cites gains in drug war under Duterte admin

DUMAGUETE — The Philippine National Police (PNP) in Negros Oriental has reported significant gains in the government's war against hard drugs during the first year in office of President Rodrigo R. Duterte.
Acting provincial police director, Sr. Supt. Henry Biñas, said records at the Negros Oriental Philippine National Police Provincial Office (NORPPO) showed that number of confiscated shabu went up by as much as 47 percent from July 1, 2016 to June 30 this year.
During the period, the NORPPO confiscated 2,793.76 grams of suspected shabu, compared to 1,893.9 grams seized from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016.
For marijuana, the NORPPO reported a 78 percent gain under the Duterte administration, with 116.26 grams confiscated compared to the 65.38 grams seized during the previous year.
Biñas said the total value of shabu confiscated during the administration's war on drugs was pegged at P27.94 million based on the pricing of the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), or 62 percent higher than the previous period which recorded P10,627,149.
For the comparative periods covered, the NORPPO reported an increase in the number of cases filed against suspected drug personalities from the previous 581 to 663; persons arrested from 437 to 555; and operations conducted from 352 to 437.
The NORPPO also reported a drop in the number of crimes in Negros Oriental during the comparative period.
Comparative breakdown of index crimes show that except for rape and homicide that went up, crimes like murder, physical injuries, robbery, theft, carnapping, and cattle rustling had gone down significantly.
In total, index crimes from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017 dropped from 2,895 to 2,300, respectively.
In an interview, Binas attributed the decrease in petty or street crimes like robbery and theft to the government's campaign against hard drugs.
Meanwhile, residents here felt more safer as a result of the administration's war on hard drugs.
Rosalio Vincoy, an ambulant vendor selling vegetables, said peace will once again reign in this City of Gentle people with the relentless campaign against hard drugs.
The 62-year-old vendor said that during his younger years, Dumaguete was such a peaceful place that one can confidently walk home even in the wee hours without fear of being mugged.
Today, he said people are fearful of men riding tandem in motorcycles, thinking of worse things like being held-up or even shot for mistaken identity, until the government launched its all-out war against drugs, which has relatively brought back peace to the city.
An 18-year-old drug surrenderer who asked not to be identified, lauded the Duterte administration for its sheer determination in addressing the drug problem in the country.
He recounted started using shabu around two years ago as introduced by a friend selling the prohibited drug.
Out of curiosity, he acquiesced, without having any idea on the ill effects of shabu, until he became "addicted" and dropped out of school.
He wanted out, but his friends would prevent him from leaving and due to peer pressure, he stayed on until one day he was asked to sell shabu.
Scared of ending up either in jail or getting killed, he voluntarily surrendered to the police under Oplan TokHang and has asked for "protection".
He is now undergoing rehabilitation with the help of social workers so he can return to his "normal" life.
He is hoping the local government in his town would come up with projects and programs that would cater to the needs of surrenderers like him.
He is thankful that police in his hometown are accommodating and helpful and treats him kindly. (PNA)
Iyaz Kamias
Maja Limuyak
Valeen Kinitan

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Last Modified: 2017-Sep-19 23.31.24 UTC+0800