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Dumaguete City, Philippines Thursday, October 12, 2017
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Intensify anti-drugs
operations, police urged

Dumaguete Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo has directed the city police chief to intensify their operations against illegal drug suspects through house-to-house and barangay visitations.

This as Dumaguete police chief, Supt. Jovito Atanacio, has reported to the mayor that 921 alleged drug personalities in the city have yielded to authorities under Oplan Tokhang (Toktok-Hangyo or knock and appeal), City Information Officer Dems Rey Demecillo said Tuesday.

Latest available police records showed that of the 921 surrenderers, 60 were “pushers” while the rest were “users”, Demecillo said.

Three of the city's 30 barangays have already been declared “drug-cleared” -- Poblacion 4, Poblacion 5 and Poblacion 7.

These barangays have complied with the parameters set forth in Section 6 of Dangerous Drugs Board Regulation No. 3 series of 2017, as evaluated and confirmed by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Mayor Remollo, the Department of the Interior and Local Government, the Department of Social Welfare and Development, and the City Health Office.

President Rodrigo Duterte, meanwhile, directed the Philippine National Police, National Bureau of Investigation, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Bureau of Customs and all other agencies or ad hoc anti-drug task force to stop conducting anti-illegal drug operations.

According to a memorandum signed by the President on Tuesday, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency will henceforth be the sole agency that can conduct anti-illegal drug operations pursuant to RA 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Duterte issued the directive “in order to bring order to the operation/campaign against illegal drugs, thus pinpointing precise accountability.”

The memorandum directed the NBI, PNP, AFP, BOC, Philippine Postal Office and all other agencies as well as all ad hoc anti-drug task forces to immediately relay, deliver and bring to the attention of the PDEA all information they received for its appropriate action.

“The PNP, shall at all times, maintain police visibility, as a deterrent to illegal drug activities leaving to the PDEA however the conduct of anti-illegal drug operations,” the memo said.

Under Article IX, Section 84 of RA 9165, PDEA is mandated, among others, to implement or cause the efficient and effective implementation of the national drug control strategy formulated by the Board (Dangerous Drugs Board) thereby carrying out a national drug campaign program which shall include drug law enforcement, control and prevention campaign with the assistance of concerned government agencies;

Undertake the enforcement of the provisions of Article II of this Act relative to the unlawful acts and penalties involving any dangerous drug and/or controlled precursor and essential chemical and investigate all violators and other matters involved in the commission of any crime relative to the use, abuse or trafficking of any dangerous drug and/or controlled precursor and essential chemical as provided for in this Act and the provisions of Presidential Decree No. 1619; arrest and apprehend as well as search all violators and seize or confiscate, the effects or proceeds of the crimes as provided by law and take custody thereof, for this purpose the prosecutors and enforcement agents are authorized to possess firearms, in accordance with existing laws and;

Monitor and if warranted by circumstances, in coordination with the Philippine Postal Office and the Bureau of Customs, inspect all air cargo packages, parcels and mails in the central post office, which appear from the package and address itself to be a possible importation of dangerous drugs and/or controlled precursors and essential chemicals, through on-line or cyber shops via the internet or cyberspace.*JFP/PNA


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