Saturday July 21, 2018

PNP chief: Number of 'drug surrenderees' reaches plateau

PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) chief Ronald Dela Rosa said on Thursday he is worried that they would not be able to achieve his target of encouraging around 1.8 million drug users to surrender within the first six months of the administration.

“Sabi nga ni Presidente [Rodrigo Duterte], zero tolerance tayo sa drugs. Kung zero tolerance, malaki pa bubunuin natin and I'm worried. We are running out of time,” Dela Rosa said.

However, the PNP chief assured that the state forces are working "triple" time.

“Triple time 'yung effort namin. Nagwo-worry nga kami dahil after we reached 600,000 plus nag-plateau na kami. Hindi na umaakyat 'yung number of nag-surrender,” he said.

“Kaya worried ako baka hindi mameet yung 1.8 million na mag-surrender. That's according to the estimate of the Dangerous Drugs Board. Ganun kataas yung aming hinihingi, 1.8 million. Pero ngayon nasa 600,000. Medyo nag plateau,” Dela Rosa added.

In its update, the PNP said a total of 900 drug suspects have been killed since July 1 while there were 627,358 drug users and pushers who have surrendered.

It said in 8,073 anti-illegal drugs police operations, a total of 12,930 drug suspects have been arrested. (Sunnex)