LESS DRUG PUSHERS, USERS IN STREETS
LINGAYEN— Pangasinan is more peaceful these days despite the reported surge in the number of killing incidents, particularly involving drug personalities.
This was the assurance of acting police director P/Senior Superintendent Ronald Oliver Lee to the board members last Monday, Aug. 15 during the Sangguniang Panlalawigan’s Question Hour.
He said residents can freely roam around Pangasinan, even at night, without fear of being accosted by criminal elements.
“One can sleep soundly at night,” he added.
Second District Board Member Nestor Reyes expressed apprehension that while the police are doing well in their intensified drive against illegal drugs, the killings, however, taint their campaign.
In his report, Lee said from July 1 to Aug. 15, there were18 drug personalities killed in armed encounters with policemen while 21 others were gunned down by motorcycle-riding suspects.
He said the police regional office has formed a group to investigate the killings of drug personalities in Pangasinan.
He added that shooting incidents involving civilians who are not involved in illegal drugs tremendously lowered. He, however, did not state the data.
He said an evaluation of the Pangasinan police will be made on its performance and accomplishments on the war on illegal drugs on the third month of the Duterte administration.
He is optimistic their accomplishments are okay. “If I fail, I have to go (as police director),” he added.
Lee said under Oplan Tokhang (knock and plead) since July 1, the Pangasinan police have ‘knocked’ on 5,544 houses across the province. Almost 10,000 drug users have surrendered, he added.
He pointed out that the war against illegal drugs in the province is evidently being won as shown by the dramatic decrease in the supply of illegal drugs in the province, and increasing number of supply being confiscated.
Lee said 309 individuals have been arrested due to drugs that belong to the following categories, 45 drug personalities under watch list, 34 are under top 10 drug personalities in various towns and 230 are newly-emerged drug personalities.
He added that the 251 anti-illegal drugs operations launched by the Pangasinan Police resulted in the confiscation of 260.4064 grams of shabu and 27.7112 grams of marijuana with a total Dangerous Drugs Board value of P1,695,479.79.
Anti-drugs operations through implementation of search warrants, Oplan Sita and buy bust activities have resulted in the seizure 25 assorted firearms, 134 ammunitions and two explosives. (Tita Roces)