Law enforcement authorities in the province are increasingly confident that they would fulfill their part in previous proclamations of incoming President Rodrigo Duterte to relentlessly curb the countryâ€™s perennial illegal drugs problem in three to six months starting his first day in office on July 1, 2016.
According to Atty. Archie Albao, National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) executive officer in Bohol, there is a high probability that big-time drug syndicates would be flushed out and eradicated within the said period.
Albao attributed the claim to the spate of drug personalities across the country who have either been captured or killed even before Duterte is at the helm of Malacanang.
Some drug suspects have even voluntarily surrendered to authorities, he added.
Drug trade in the province has also diminished after the deaths of suspected drug lords Rowen â€œYawaâ€ Secretaria of Banacon Island in Getafe and David Anunciado of Inabanga, marking the start of a possible eradication of drug source in the province, Albao said.
However, there are still remaining big-time drug personalities in the province whose movements are still being monitored by authorities.
Albao said that only a few would continue to engage in illegal drug activities within three to six months, as only smaller groups would likely remain as a result of the intensified anti-illegal drugs campaign.
The official is also confident that the surrender of Cebuâ€™s alleged top drug lord Alvaro â€œBarokâ€ Alvaro and information on the drug underworld from him would also take down big personalities who are said to be protectors of the illegal drug trade in the country.
Previous reports have already indicated that some of those included in Alvaroâ€™s list of alleged protectors are government, police, and military officials.
Albao also said that Alvaroâ€™s drug involvement was not limited in Cebu as he was also allegedly running operations in the nationâ€™s capital region. (with reports from Allen Doydora)