After a month-long hiatus, the Bohol Provincial Police Office (BPPO) immediately pounced on drug suspects after its anti-drug campaign resumed early in March arresting over 50 alleged drug personalities since then until last Tuesday.
Based on data from the BPPO, 56 of the 60 alleged drug users and pushers arrested from February 1 to March 28 were collared in the 28-day span of the latter month.
In 45 anti-drug operations in March, P534,422 worth of shabu were confiscated by the police, according to the data disclosed by BPPO spokesperson Sr. Insp. Vincent Paul Dumaguing on Wednesday.
Dumaguing said that four drug busts in February yielded P152,810 and led to the arrest of four drug personalities.
Meanwhile, 81 cases have been filed in court against the suspects arrested from February 1 to March 28.
Early in January, the Philippine National Policeâ€™s (PNP) anti-drug campaign was suspended by President Rodrigo Duterte to divert its efforts into cleansing its ranks from errant personnel, while the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency was tasked to lead the governmentâ€™s war on drugs.
In March 6, Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa announced that the PNP would resume its anti-drug campaign nationwide.
However, only select policemen have been allowed to join the PNPâ€™s drug enforcement units in provinces, cities and municipalities which conduct anti-narcotics operations. (Rey Tutas)