THE Philippine National Police leadership headed by Director General Oscar D. Albayalde has cited the breakthrough results on peace and order especially when it comes to fighting illegal drugs and corruption in Western Visayas in the aftermath of the ongoing campaign of the Police Regional Office 6 headed by a former PNP spokesman Chief Superintendent John C. Bulalacao.
Bulalacao took over as PRO6 director last June vowing to lead the 12,000-strong Western Visayas police force by example and pushing for a much better organizational discipline, unit integrity and individual reform.
In less than six months after he assumed the top PRO6 post, Bulalacao and his men have scored major accomplishments in the war on illegal drug trafficking and abuse, with the regional police conducting 1,348 successful anti-drug raids and buy-bust operations.
Those operations led to the arrest of 1,935 known drug personalities who are now facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
PRO6 records showed that from December 5, 2017 to last November 12, the regional police have already filed 2,823 RA 9165 charges against arrested drug personalities. The PRO6 also seized a total of 8,922 grams of shabu and 6,419 grams of dried marijuana leaves with a combined market value of more than P96 million as a result of their stepped-up anti-narcotics operations this year.
The figures are much higher than the P5.5 million illegal drugs seized from 397 police operations which resulted in the arrest of 523 drug suspects in the same period last year. “Our accomplishment in the drug war is believed to have a major impact on all other anti-criminality campaigns in the region,” Bulalacao told the Journal Group.
The PRO6 also stepped up on its campaign against persons with pending arrest warrant and from June 1 to date has already accounted for 2,134 wanted persons, 229 of them included in the most wanted list in the national, provincial and municipal level.
The accomplishment is 78 percent higher than the 1,670 wanted persons arrested in the same period last year.