THE seizure of 45 kilos of shabu in Quezon City on Tuesday prompted Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald dela Rosa to again call for the reimposition of the death penalty, saying it will curb the proliferation of illegal drugs.
“Kailangan natin ng death penalty talaga na batas dahil isipin mo sa dami ng namamatay hindi ba, natutumba, e nagdadala pa din sila ng ganito karami (We really need a law on death penalty because despite the killing of so many drug suspects, they still carry large amounts of drugs),” de la Rosa told reporters when he inspected the seized shabu.
President Rodrigo Duterte has also pushed for the reimposition of the death penalty, a move that is strongly opposed by several cause oriented groups.
The PNP chief said persons involved in illegal drugs always find ways to go around the law, enabling them to go scot-free and continue with their nefarious activities.
Members of the Quezon City Police District and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency seized on Tuesday about 45 kilograms of suspected shabu at an apartment in Banawe St., Barangay Manresa.
They arrested suspected drug couriers Eduardo Dario, Rhea May Libira, Gemma Rose Codera, and John Rey Bungcasan.
The suspects’ employer, a Chinese, was tagged as one of the big distributors of shabu in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.
Since the police stepped up its campaign against illegal drugs in July, 1,900 suspected drug users and pushers have been killed, the latest police tally showed.
Figures culled by the PNP National Operation Center in Camp Crame showed that 1,887 drug suspects were killed in police operations. Metro Manila has the most number of drug suspects killed – 631– followed by Central Luzon with 342.
Southern Tagalog region is next with 249 drug suspects killed, followed by Central Visayas, 135.
Metro Manila also had the most number of arrested drug suspects with 8, 848, followed by Southern Tagalog region with 6, 699, Central Luzon, 4,540, Central Visayas, 3,405 and Northern Mindanao, 1, 712.
The police conducted 35,503 operations that resulted in the arrest of 35,792 drug suspects.