(YEARENDER) Govt’s war on drugs cuts drug supply by 80-85%, demand by 60-65%

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa said the government's war on illegal drugs has cut its supply by 80 to 85 percent and 60 to 65 percent on the demand side.

Since the war on drugs started last July 1, a total of 940,000 drug personalities have surrendered to authorities.

Dela Rosa said of the more than 4,000 people killed in the war on illegal drugs, more than 2,000 were killed in legitimate police operations and DUIs (deaths under investigation) reached 2,000.

"Hindi namin inaamin na sa amin 'yon, trabaho namin 'yon, but because namamatay sila dahil nga as a consequence sa aming war on drugs -- either sinakyan, sumabay sa aming war -- but still buhay pa rin 'yon, namatay pa rin 'yon (We are not admitting that it was our work but because they died as a consequence of our war on drugs, either they rode on it, they did it, but still lives have perished during the operation)," he said.

Dela Rosa said this means there are those who are "riding" on in the government's all-out war against illegal drugs, criminality and corruption.

With the start of the third quarter of this year, the number of alleged victims of extrajudicial killings (EJKs) ballooned after the intensified campaign against illegal drugs of the Duterte administration.

These alleged EJKs is termed by the PNP as deaths under investigation (DUIs) which is only recorded at more than 1,000 as of Monday.

Likewise, then Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa, Sr. surrendered to the PNP chief after President Rodrigo Duterte implicated him the proliferation of illegal drugs in the country.

Before his surrender, the President gave Espinosa a 24-hour ultimatum to surrender or face the "shoot on sight order" of the PNP.

A day after Espinosa's surrender to the PNP, the men of the mayor had an encounter with the Albuera Police in the house of his son, Kerwin Espinosa in Barangay Binolho which resulted in the death of Espinosa's men.

Unfortunately, the Albuera mayor was killed last Nov. 5 during an attempt to serve the search warrant against him at the Baybay City, Leyte sub-provincial jail by elements of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Region 8 led by Supt. Marvin Marcos.

Marcos and his men are now under "restrictive custody" in Camp Crame pending the investigation of their administrative liability in connection with the death of Espinosa.

They are also facing criminal charges before the Department of Justice (DOJ) for Espinosa slay.

On the other hand, a night market in Davao City was rocked by a bomb blast last Sept. 2 that claimed the lives of 15 individuals and injured 70 others.

The Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing incident.

Two days after the incident, President Duterte declared a state of emergency nationwide due lawless violence brought about by the threats of terrorism.

At the same time, the PNP and the Philippine-Chinese Charitable Association Inc. have entered into an agreement where policemen who are injured in the performance of their duty will receive free medical treatment.

With this, members of the PNP can have free medical treatment at the Chinese General Hospital and Medical Center.

Among those who can avail of such privilege are the policemen who are injured in the operation against criminality.

The non-uniformed personnel (NUP) are also covered by the agreement.

However, not covered by the agreement are the PNP officials injured outside of the service, deliberate or those injured whose injuries were sustained from immoral and illegal means.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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