Manila cops arrested 324 drug suspects, PHP10-M drugs in 60 days

MANILA — The Manila Police District (MPD) campaign against illegal drugs has already resulted in the arrest of 324 suspects and the confiscation of almost PHP10-million worth of illegal drugs during the first two months of 2016.

Mayor Joseph Estrada said this will make a significant step towards attaining a drug-free Manila, issuing a stern warning against users, pushers and traffickers of the illegal drugs.

Estrada also urged residents of the city to cooperate with the police authorities and barangay officials in reporting leads and suspicious activities in their neighborhood to eradicate drugs from the city.

Mayor Estrada recently led the conduct of the city-wide Anti-Illegal Drugs Summit. In the report presented to the Summit by city police officials led by MPD Director Rolando Nana, big strides achieved were cited with the continued collaboration and assistance of the city government especially in terms of beefing up their operational capacities through provision of mobile patrol cars, communication radios and allowances.

Last year, the MPD arrested 1,915 individuals suspected drug users and dealers. The District Anti-Illegal Drugs (DAID) unit of the MPD and the 11 police stations of the city have conducted a total of 1,396 operations in 2015, resulting to the confiscation of shabu and marijuana with a combined estimated street value of more than PHP36 million.

The MPD has also noted that suppression of drug operations could also lead to reduced number of crimes. Of the 274 murder and homicide cases for 2015, at least 32 cases (11.67 percent) were found to have been drug-related.

The two-fold strategy in drug campaign involves supply reduction through arrest of identified top drug traffickers and relentless pursuit of other drug personalities; and demand reduction through strengthened DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) campaign and enhanced cooperation by barangay officials and communities.

Moreover, the MPD is also conducting “internal cleansing” to weed out possible bad elements among their ranks as well as among barangay officials, and ensure that uniformed personnel will not be involved in the illegal drugs racket. PNA /