Afraid of getting killed in Duterte’s war on drugs, dependents give up freedom
MANILA, Dec. 25 (PNA) – The total number of drug surrenderers nationwide reached almost one million on Christmas Day.
PNP Public Information Office (PIO) chief and spokesman Senior Supt. Dionardo Carlos said that based on the latest update released by the PNP, from July 1 to the early morning of Dec. 25, under the “Project Double Barrel Alpha”, the total number of drug surrenderers has reached 977,430.
Carlos added that of the said number, 74,545 are drug pushers while 902,885 are drug users.
On the other hand, a total of 5,665,584 houses were visited by the PNP under the “Project Tokhang”.
Under the “Project Tokhang (Knock/Request)”, the houses of suspected drug personalities are visited by the PNP wherein they are asked to turn back from drugs, surrender or undergo rehabilitation.
As of Sunday, a total of 39,967 drug operations were conducted by the PNP wherein 2,150 suspects were killed and 42,470 others have surrendered.
As the government notes the improved illegal drug campaign, crimes against property have significantly dropped in Metro Manila in the past five months despite the “Ber” months.
The crime volume decreased in Metro Manila from July to November this year.
In a press conference in Camp Crame, Quezon City on Friday, PNP Public Information Office (PIO) Chief and Spokesman Sr. Supt. Dionardo Carlos said that the influx of buying public this “Ber” months in the malls and other market areas did not affect the crime volume.
Based on the data of the PNP, the theft cases dropped by 41 percent; robbery cases by 38 percent and car theft cases by 43 percent.
Carlos said that the “preventive measures” being implemented by the PNP were effective.
Likewise, the PNP urged the public to take extra careful where people are converging and be observant in order to avoid being victimized by bad elements.
Carlos said that if one notices a suspicious thing or individual, it should be immediately reported to authorities.
The PNP will also assign police assistance desks (PADs) in places where there are concentration of people.
Carlos said that if going to the malls and other places, the wallets should be secured and the bags should be in front.