Dela Rosa: Drug war still PNP's pri­or­ity, not il­le­gal gam­bling

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PHILIP­PINE Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) chief Ron­ald Dela Rosa has main­tained that the in­ten­si­fied war against il­le­gal drugs will still be on top of their pri­or­ity de­spite al r eady "achiev­ing" the 70 per­cent of their cam­paign tar­get.

“Drugs pa rin...kasi ang at­ing tar­get ay zero drug af­fected barangays. I don’t know kung kalian natin makukuha yan pero hope­fully this year gawin natin,” he said, clar­i­fy­ing his pre­vi­ous state­ment that the PNP will shift its fo­cus on il­le­gal gam­bling this 2017.

As of Jan­uary 8, the PNP recorded 2,208 drug sus­pects killed and 44,312 ar­rested in 41,900 anti-il­le­gal drug op­er­a­tions. This does not in­clude those drug sus­pect ex­e­cuted, vig­i­lante-style.

It said 1,020,904 drug users and push­ers have al­ready sur­ren­dered to the au­thor­i­ties through the PNP’s Oplan Tokhang.

The PNP is tar­get­ing at least 1.8 mil­lion drug sus­pects in the coun­try in line with Pr esi dent Ro­drigo Duterte’s prom­ise that he will get rid of il­le­gal drugs in the coun­try.

Dela Rosa said ear­lier that their 70 per­cent ac­com­plish­ment is al­ready a “pass­ing mark.”

How­ever, the PNP chief urged his men not to let their guards down in their war against il­le­gal drugs and to con­tinue the op­er­a­tions de­spite the crit­i­cisms.

The PNP has been scored for the con­tin­u­ous in­crease in the num­ber of per­sons killed since Duterte took of­fice. (Sun­nex)

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