WAR ON DRUGS IN PANGASINAN
LINGAYEN—The war on drugs in Pangasinan is far from over.
This was the terse admission of the Pangasinan Police Provincial Office when P/Sr. Supt. Ronald Lee, officer-in-charge as police director, talked to The PUNCH.
He said more than 6,500 identified suspected drug personalities have not surrendered under the continuing Project Double Barrel Alpha to clear the province of illegal drugs. The PPPO has until middle of this year to accomplish its mission.
PPPO’s UPDATE ON WAR ON DRUGS
(July 2016 – Jan.18, 2017)
- Drug personalities that surrendered: 19,090
- Barangays cleared of drugs: 955
- Arrested drug users: 166
- Arrested drug pushers: 1,099
- Drug suspects killed in police operations: 42
- Search warrants implemented: 330
- Buy-bust operations: 723
- Visited Houses: 587,428; Establishments: 2,988; Rehab Centers: 90.
- i) Shabu seized: 575.1211 grams (DDB value: P3.7 million)
- j) Marijuana seized 581.2922 grams (DDB value: P.44 million)
Lee said most of them were not in the original list compiled by the police stations of towns and cities when President Duterte declared war on drugs in July last year but were identified by those who surrendered.
“They know who are in their company so they are the ones telling us,” he said.
PPPO, he said, is checking on their whereabouts initially in drug rehabilitation centers, jails, courts, detention cells in the National Bureau of Investigation, among others. “We are looking for them,” he added.
He maintained that those who had the means and decided to voluntarily undergo rehabilitation still need to surrender in order to clear themselves. Under the established procedure, a drug suspect who surrenders is required to execute an affidavit.
He said from the time they started accounting for the more than 6,500 more drug personalities in December last year, they have determined the likely whereabouts of 80 percent of the suspects.
Most of them are in urban areas, he pointed out.
He said in Region 1, Pangasinan is top in the performance of drug arrests of drug personalities and encounters with them.
Lee said of the 44 towns and four cities in Pangasinan, only the town of Sto. Tomas is drug-free.
The police stations that reported the highest number of drug operations from July 1, 2016 to Jan. 15, 2017 were Dagupan City (92), Urdaneta (57), San Carlos (55) and Mangaldan (45) under the Class A classification.
For house visitations of suspected drug personalities, the police stations that did the most number for such operation are Urdaneta City (27,792), Dagupan City (36,323), Malasiqui (25,335) and Calasiao (18,553).
The police stations that reported the most number of drug-cleared barangays are Alaminos City (35), Malasiqui (55), Dagupan City (28), Urdaneta City (29).
Under Class B, the police stations that reported the highest number of drug operations from July 1, 2016 to Jan. 15, 2017 were Rosales (43), Tayug (38), San Fabian (36), Manaoag, (34), Pozorrubio (33) and Bolinao (31).
Police stations in Alcala, Bugallon, Sta. Barbara, Mangatarem, San Fabian and Bolinao are top in house visitations while police stations in Villasis, Umingan, San Fabian, Binalonan, Tayug, Manaoag and Alcala reported the most number of barangays that were cleared of drugs.
The police stations reported the most number of drug personalities that surrendered were Villasis (732), Mangatarem (681), San Fabian (644), Manaoag (596), Umingan (577), and Bolinao (526).
The top performers in Class C that cleared the most barangays were Sto. Tomas, Natividad, Aguilar, Burgos, Mabini, Basista and Balungao.
The police stations that reported the most number of drug personalities that surrendered were: San Quintin (458), Laoac (386), Mapandan (374),Auilar (372), Sison (359), Sta. Maria (236) and Balungao (235).
Lee said police chiefs who did not perform well have been transferred to other police stations last November and December last year. No details, however, were provided.
Another round of reshuffle is expected under a new set of guidance from Chief PNP Director General Ronald dela Rosa, Lee said. (Tita Roces)