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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Albay PNP receives surge of surrendering drug personalities

LEGAZPI CITY, July 12 (PIA) – Proving the effectiveness of the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) recent efforts in battling drug abuse, the number of drug users and traders who surrendered to the province of Albay’s police surged to a total of 2,943 as of last night.

According to Police Supt. Rommel dela Rama, deputy director for Administration of PNP Albay, there has been an astoundingly rapid increase of surrendering drug personalities across the many police headquarters and stations of the province since the beginning of July.

Initially, during the first three days of July, the PNP records around three to four surrenders per day. The numbers, however, increased exponentially during the succeeding days; with 81 counts on July 4, 116 on July 5, 283 on July 6, 302 on July 7, and 451 on July 8.

On the days that trailed, the numbers continued to grow, peaking at 626 last July 9. More surrendered on the following days, as PNP records 465 surrenders last July 10 and 608 last July 11.

The final count, as of the night of July 11, is 2,943 surrenders, and this includes 31 drug personalities below 18 years old. According to Albay PNP, constituting the under-age personalities who surrendered are three 14 year-olds, ten 15 year-olds, six 16 year-olds, twelve 17 year-olds.

Among those who voluntarily surrendered are 46 government employees, including 4 barangay captains, 11 barangay kagawads, 20 barangay tanods, and 11 local government employees. Dela Rama states that this shows the peoples full confidence and support with the PNP’s efforts, but they are still in discussion with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) on how to best deal with those who surrendered with government employments.

Dela Rama stated that the number are still subject to changes as more drug personalities in Albay are currently submitting themselves to the authorities. According to Bicol PNP’s spokesperson PSI Maria Luisa Calubaquib, the increase in the number of surrendering illegal drug personalities is credited to the effectiveness of ‘Oplan Tokhang’, from the Visayan phrase which means ‘knock and plead’.

Oplan Tokhang, derived from the PNP’s anti-drug and criminality campaign called ‘Operation Double Barrel’, prompts authorities to pay a visit to residences of those under the illegal drugs watch list and appeal for voluntarily surrender.

“We are giving them willingly surrender and lead better lives”, said PSI Calubaquib. To ensure that the surrendering personalities do not involve themselves again to illegal drugs, the local government will initiate continuous monitoring through the Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC).

“The operations have proven well, and this will continue as long as necessary to ensure that the public remains safe,” added Police S/Insp. Calubaquib. (MAL/JBE-PIA5)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/3301468304853/albay-pnp-receives-surge-of-surrendering-drug-personalities#sthash.5EHsuZ8k.dpuf

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