17,700 Western Visayas drug pushers, users have surrendered

Boy Ryan B. Zabal
17,700 Western Visayas drug pushers, users have surrendered
The tally shows Iloilo to have more than 6,000 surrenderers

AKLAN, Philippines – The Police Regional Office (PRO-6) said 17,748 self-confessed drug dealers and users voluntarily surrendered in the first 100 days of the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) intensified anti-drug campaign.

The figure was divided between 1,121 drug pushers and 16,627 drug users who turned themselves in to local authorities from July 1 to October 8.

The tally showed Aklan had 1,836 drug surrenderers. Meanwhile, Antique had 1,050; Guimaras, 632; Capiz, 5,283; Iloilo province, 6,489; and Iloilo City with 2,458. under Oplan Tokhang. 

Senior Superintendent Gilbert Gorero, spokesperson for PRO-6, said 984 drug suspects were also arrested in the region during the 14-week Oplan High-Value Target-Low Value Target (HVT-LVT) police operations.

Since July, Aklan’s anti-drug campaign yielded 107 suspects; Antique, 84; Capiz, 180; Guimaras, 23; Iloilo province, 233; and Iloilo City with 381.

During the period, 15 drug suspects were also killed, while 3 were injured in police operations.

According to Gorero, PRO-6 acting regional director Chief Superintendent Jose Gentiles wants to turn Western Visayas from a “shabulized” region to a drug-free community.

There will be no let up in the police anti-drug operations, he added.

Gorero also urged the community and the private sector to help in the rehabilitation of drug surrenderers. – Rappler.com

 

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