PDEA says influx of drug surrenderees renders P8.22- B income loss to drug syndicates

The unprecedented voluntary surrender of self-confessed drug users and pushers nationwide can be translated as proceeds loss of drug trafficking syndicates amounting to an estimated P8.22 billion, according to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

"Based on the result of intensified anti-drug efforts of the government, initial gains have taken effect, in particular, the reduction of significant amount of methamphetamine hydrochloride, or shabu, in the streets," said PDEA Director General Isidro S. LapeAa.

From June 30, 2016 to July 29, 2016, a total of 531,621 drug personalities (503,422 users and 28,199 pushers) voluntarily surrendered throughout the country.

"Based on the consumption estimate per intake of a drug dependent, if the indicated number of surrenderees will stop using illegal drugs for the next six months, it means a reduction of 1,645 kilograms of shabu in the market. This can be translated to P8.22 billion loss in the income of drug syndicates," LapeAa said.

According to the comparative crime data of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in the National Capital Region (NCR), Region 7 and Region 11, three of the most highly-urbanized regions in the country, there is a notable decrease of crimes in the four-focused crimes such as physical injury, robbery, theft and carnapping by 38 percent to 75 percent on July 1 to 10, 2016 compared to the same period the previous year.

"Crime is a major concern in urban areas of the Philippines where a big percentage of which are drug-related. On the basis of the figures mentioned, the plausible analogy could very well be that, lesser demand for shabu, the country's most abused substance, means a reduced crime rate in the communities," LapeAa said of the domino effect brought about by the overwhelming surge of drug surrenderees.

Source: Philippine Information Agency

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