LINGAYEN–The fight against all forms of criminality in Pangasinan, particularly in the war on drugs, has been making headway since July 1, 2016.
This was the assessment of P/Senior Supt. Ronald Oliver Lee, acting police director, who maintains that continuous and aggressive implementation of police operations since Duterte administration took over.
Based on the data provided by the Pangasinan Police Provincial Office (PPPO) on the war on drugs (as of March 13,2017): 19,216 users and pushers had surrendered, 1,342 drug personalities were arrested, and from the series of operations, 574.5 grams of shabu and 581 grams of marijuana seized valued at P8,772,501.
The Fifth District registered the most number of drug personalities that surrendered with 4,314, followed by Fourth District with 3,267, and Sixth District with 3,105.
Of those arrested, 8,009 or 25 percent of the 31,470 baseline targets surrendered through Oplan Tokhang (Knock-and-Plead).
Up to March 12, 2017, a total of 1,062 barangays of the total 1,269 affected or 84 percent were already cleared, throughout Pangasinan, Lee said.
Meanwhile, two towns are already confirmed as drug-free–Sto. Tomas and Laoac.
Two other towns are expected to be cleared this week –Natividad and Mabini.
Lee said the PPPO could have cleared all the remaining 16 percent of still drug-affected barangays if the President had not ordered the suspension of the Oplan Tokhang last month.
In other crime fronts, Pangasinan police reported a total of 12.270 crimes committed from July 1,2016 with the city of Dagupan topping in crime volume at 1,733, followed by Mangaldan, 795; San Carlos City, 765, Urdaneta City, 590; Calasiao, 558; Malasiqui 552; and Lingayen, 510.
He said it is not surprising at all that Dagupan City leads in the number of crime incidents, most of which though are involved vehicular accidents, theft and physical injuries.
He said aside from being the most populous city in Pangasinan, Dagupan is also bursting with economic activities, which is the reason why crime incidents naturally occur from time to time. (Leonardo Micua)