SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union — The Philippine National Police (PNP) respects public opinion on the need for drug suspects to be arrested alive, as shown in a recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey, PDG Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa said here Thursday
“The PNP wants 100 percent drug suspects to be captured alive. In the focused campaign against illegal drugs from July 1, 2016 to Sept. 30, 2017, the PNP conducted 71,393 anti-drug operations that resulted in the arrest of 109,090 drug offenders, who are alive and facing criminal charges in court,” dela Rosa said in a interview during his visit in this capital city.
“We value life. Oplan ‘Tokhang’ held 8,794,120 house visitations nationwide that resulted in 1,260,196 drug personalities who voluntarily surrendered to authorities and were accorded the opportunity to change and assistance be extended to them,” he added.
Dela Rosa said that this clearly shows that the PNP as an organization values and respects the right to live of these victims of illegal drugs.
“The drug suspects who surrendered and were arrested alive comprise the approximate 99.98 percent results of the PNP’s campaign against illegal drugs,” he said.
The SWS survey results showed that 90 percent of 1,200 adults nationwide, interviewed last June 23-26, said it is important to capture illegal drug suspects alive. Northbound Philippines News and PNA