Body count in drug war

January 25, 2019
Arrested drug suspects

A TOTAL of 5,104 armed drug traffickers have already been killed in gunbattles with undercover officers from July 2016 to date with nearly 168,000 others  arrested and now in jail for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, officials yesterday said.

During the latest RealNumbers PH presentation at the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency headquarters in Quezon City, Assistant Secretary Marie B. Rafael of the Presidential Communications Office and PDEA spokesman Director Derrick Arnold C. Carreon presented the achievements of the Duterte government in its war on drugs over the past 30 months.

Records showed that last December, 54 armed suspects were shot dead in clashes with the police bringing to 5,104 the number of slain drug personalities since July 2018.

As of last December 31, a total of 167,135 known drug personalities have been arrested as a result of the continuing anti-drug crackdown by the PDEA and the Philippine National Police which conducted 1,17,385 anti-narcotics operations during the period.

Of the over 167,0000 suspects arrested during the period in review, 621 are government workers broken down as follows: 282 government employees; 262 elected public officials; and 67 uniformed personnel.

The PDEA headed by Director General Aaron N. Aquino said that nearly 10,000 drug-affected villages nationwide have already been declared “free from illegal drugs” as of last December.

December 2018 saw the PDEA declaring another 496 villages as “drug-cleared” bringing to 22,467 the total number of barangays yet to be cleared from any drug activities.

Carreon said that during the period, the Duterte government confiscated some P25.62 billion worth of drugs, specifically  P18.83 billion worth of shabu and equipment used to manufacture the “poor man’s cocaine,”  smashed 271 drug dens and arrested 1,899 maintainers and visitors of the raided drug dives.