25,000 drug users surrender in Metro Manila – PNP

  • 25,000 involved in illegal drugs have surrendered in Metro Manila
  • This is through the police’s Oplan Tokhang and Double Barrel
  • 65,000 drug users and pushers surrender nationwide

More than 25,000 drug users and pushers have come out and surrendered to the police since the government started its staunch campaign against illegal drugs.

According to National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director Chief Superintendent Oscar Albayalde, there have been 25,230 drug pushers who have surrendered to the authorities through their Oplan Tokhang and Double Barrel operations.

Tokhang means Toktok-Hangyo or Knock and Plead in Visayan language. Authorities literally go from house-to-house to ask those who are involved in drug use to surrender. Double Barrel, on the other hand, is the operation versus drug lords and pushers.

“We are seeing a remarkable reduction of street crimes, particularly crimes against property, region-wide,” PhilStar quoted Albayalde.

Meanwhile, Philippine National Police Chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa said that there have been over 65,000 drugs users who surrendered since the launch of their campaign nationwide.

“We were surprised by the sudden influx of surrenderees. We didn’t expect. Ganun na pala kalala ang problema natin sa droga [our drug problem is that big],” he was quoted in a GMA News Online story.

But while the campaign against drug users have been effective, the rising statistics of extra-judicial killings, especially among suspected drug users, have been alarming.

Dela Rosa, for his part, earlier said that he wants these killings to stop.

“Ako mismo, ayoko. Ayoko. Gusto ko man, kung tutuusin [Even I, I don’t want it. Even if I want to, really] with the frustrations that we are getting right now…gusto kong gagawin, but I will not do it because that is against the law,” he previously said.

Vice President Leni Robredo has also repeatedly called for a probe into these killings; issuing two strong statements in just two weeks since she assumed post.