FEELING the heat of the intensified police campaign against illegal drugs following the assumption of office of President Rodrigo Duterte, about 900 drug personalities surrendered in Negros Oriental from July 1 to 4.
Senior Supt. Harris Fama, director of Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office in a report, said that those who turned themselves in were illegal drug pushers and users from July 1 to 4.
On Monday, Guihulngan City Chief of Police, Supt. D’Artagnan Katalbas Jr., accepted the surrender of 302 drug personalities as a result of “Oplan Tokhang” of the Philippine National Police (PNP).
In Sibulan town 152 drug pusher and users, voluntarily submitted themselves to police officers.
In Bais City, 115 drug personalities – 95 users and 20 pushers – surrendered to authorities, assisted by village chairmen who convinced them to turn away from their vices.
“The surrendered personalities also signed a pledge of commitment that they will change their ways and support the government’s intensified campaign against illegal drugs,” Fama said in his report.
In San Jose town, 81 drug personalities, mostly users, surrendered to the police following house visitation by law enforcers.
In Valencia town, 34 illegal drug users and five drug dealers also yielded, while in Zamboanguita town, 34 drug users surrendered voluntarily to the town’s police operatives.
Those who surrendered in other towns include: 23 drug personalities in Ayungon; 16 in Jimalalud; 16 in Vallehermoso; and 14 in Tayasan.
“The said number is increasing as many drug personalities in the province signified their intention to surrender,” Fama added.
Similarly, in Bangar town in La Union province, about 400 people who admitted to be either illegal drug dealer or pusher have surrendered to Mayor George Pinzon and the police during the past weeks.
Meanwhile, La Union police director, Senior Supt. Angelito Dumangeng urged those who turned themselves in to cooperate with the law enforcers in clearing La Union of illegal drug problem.
He also called on other personalities who have not yet surrendered, to cooperate with the ongoing “Oplan Tok-hang” or voluntarily submit themselves to authorities in their area.
WITH WILLIAM JUN GARCIA