CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO, La Union — A total of 26,736 persons allegedly involved in the illicit drugs trade have given themselves up to the police since July 1, as a result of the war against narcotics in the Ilocos region.
Regional police director, Chief Supt. Gregorio Pimentel, said the figure consists of 24,873 users and 1,863 pushers. Pangasinan registered the highest number of those who yielded with 12,561; followed by Ilocos Norte with 5,249; Ilocos Sur with 4,752; and La Union with 4,174.
Those who turned themselves in have signed a pledge of commitment, vowing to change their ways and support the government’s campaign to rid the region of narcotics.
Pimentel said his office and all police stations under his command are open 24/7 for those who want to surrender and for any information on drug-related activities.
Meanwhile, a total of 252 arrests were made at checkpoints, while serving arrest and search warrants, ‘Oplan Sita’, during buy-bust operations and police responses. Of the 252, 23 persons were busted in Pangasinan, 111 in La Union, 36 in Ilocos Sur, and 82 in Ilocos Norte.
Based on records, 23 were killed in separate encounters, 19 of which were in Pangasinan, one in Ilocos Sur, and three in Ilocos Norte.
Pimentel also warned his personnel to stay away from illegal drugs activities and never involve themselves in drug syndicates.
“I have nothing to say but sorry, once you are caught in illegal activities. Do your jobs and you will be rewarded,” he added. PNA/northboundasia.com