11,000 barangays drug-free –– PNP

February 18, 2019
Bernard M. Banac

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) yesterday said a total of 11,000 barangays nationwide can be considered free from illegal drugs as a result of the continuous war on drugs of the government under the leadership of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

PNP Public Information Office (PIO) chief Police Sr. Supt. Bernard Banac said out of 42,044 barangays nationwide affected by illegal drugs, 11,000 are already cleared.

“Sa 42,044 na mga barangays nationwide mahigit 11,000 na ang na-clear na barngays.

“Ito ang nagpapapatunay na dating mga apektadong barangay (sa illegal drugs) ay ngayon hindi (na apektado),” Banac said.

Banac said they are not saying that there are no illegal drugs in the community but there’s an improvement in the situation.

Right now, Banac said, the PNP focus is on strengthening the PNP anti-illegal drugs awareness in the community.

“Hindi naman natin sinasabi na wala na talagang droga sa mga komunidad natin. Nariyan pa rin ang kanilang threat sa atin. Ipapakita natin na may marked improvement“ Banac said.

“Ang ating focus ngayon ay patuloy pa rin ang palakasin ang anti-illegal drugs awareness sa ating mga kababayan na patuloy na umiwas sa paggamit ng pagbebenta ng illegal na droga,” he added.

Earlier the PNP welcomed the result of the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey saying that 66% of Filipinos believed that the number of drug users has already decreased.

Banac said the PNP believes in the integrity of the SWS survey.

“Well, ang PNP ay naniniwala sa integridad at kakayanan ng SWS na kumuha ng survey pangkalahatan at makuha ang pulso ng bayan, ang paniniwala ng ating mamayang Pilipino kaya itong bagay na ito ay ating pinaniniwalaan,” he said.

Banac explained that the respondents of the survey themselves will prove that there really are changes as their family members, relatives and even friends have stopped being drug users.

“Alam nyo itong mga respondents na ito ay sila mismo makapagpapatunay na doon mismo sa kanilang pamilya, kamag- anak, doon sa mga kapitbahay, nakita nila  na may pagbabago at talagang umiwas na sa paggamit ng illegal na droga kaya nila nasabi doon sa survey na bumaba na ang bilang kasi yung mismo ay personal na testimonya ng ating mga kababayan kaya 66 percent ay napakarami sa buong bansa,” Banac said.
The result of the survey indicates that there’s a positive result in the governments’ war on drugs, he stressed.