Bato: PH drug supply down by over 80%

Bato: PH drug supply down by over 80%
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WITH the government's intensified campaign against illegal drug trade, the Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald Dela Rosa claimed on Friday during his visit at the Regional Police Office 5 at Camp Simeon Ola, Legazpi City that supply of illegal drugs in the country has decreased to some 80-90 percent.

“The good news is that we have significantly reduced the supply of illegal drugs in the country by some 80 to 90%,” he said.

“We are posting tremendous gains and slowly but surely winning the streets from the illegal drug menace while removing the fear of crime and violence in the hearts of our countrymen,” Dela Rosa added.

For instance, reports from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency – Cordillera and PNP Tinglayan showed that more than 385 fully-grown marijuana plants were uprooted in a 29,750 hectares in Mt. Chalanap and barangay Loccong from September 11 – 15.

According to authorities, the uprooted marijuana plants is worth P96.6 while the marijuana dried leaves (also confiscated) has a street value of P3 million.

“This is an ongoing eradication which started since July,” PDEA information officer Joseph Calulut said.

Calulut added the marijuana uprooted in Kalinga is believed to be of high quality which is then processed into hashies or made into oil sold among high end costumers outside the Cordillera region.

Meanwhile, the PNP chief also urged his men to improve their ability in gun handling to avoid getting harmed during encounters with criminals.

“If you are not proficient in using firearms, you might cause collateral damage to your surroundings and cause your own death,” he said.

“Your duty is to catch them and put them behind bars to face the full force of the law. And your duty is, of course, to stay alive and catch more criminals,” he added.

Earlier, Dela Rosa urged his men not to be disheartened by the criticisms they are receiving, particularly their alleged human rights violations when arresting suspected drug personalities.  AJRSP