Number of street crimes down in Metro Manila due to ‘Double Barrel’, ‘Oplan Tokhang’ — NCRPO

MANILA — The number of street crimes in Metro Manila has significantly decreased from July 1-19 compared on the first semester of 2016 due to the relentless implementation of ‘Oplan Tokhang’ and ‘Double Barrel’, according to National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Acting Regional Director, Chief Supt. Oscar Albayalde.

The Double Barrel strategy, an all-out anti-illegal drugs operational plan is defined as a simultaneous attack on big-time drug lords and street-level pushing, according to PNP Chief Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ Dela Rosa.

Under ‘Oplan Tokhang’, station commanders will ask the barangay captains to submit a list of residents who are into illegal drugs, whether these pushers, dealers, users and couriers.

The police intelligence unit will then verify the report and check if these persons are indeed involved in drugs. This is because there are instances where barangay captains themselves are behind the illegal drug trade while some list down names of their rivals.

“We are seeing a remarkable reduction of street crimes particularly crimes against property region wide,” he said in 21 days in office.

The weekly crime trend data from July 1- 19, 2016 reflected the significant decrease of street crimes compared with the data recorded on the first semester of 2016. Robbery lowered from 85 to 59 incidents, Theft from 176 to 113 cases, Carnapping from 8 to 0, Motornapping from 29 to 10 cases and Physical injuries from 97 to 72 cases.

The thre-week implementation of Oplan Tokhang and Double Barrel covering the period July 1-19 has resulted to the surrender of 25,230 drug users and pushers combined, arrest of 1,025, including two Taiwanese Nationals, and neutralization of 106 drug personalities.

“We also recovered 78 firearms including one grenade and 19 bladed weapons, in analysis prevented crimes from happening related to the use of these weapons, he said. We also confiscated 99 kilos of crystalline granules, this are ingredients to making shabu and 298 kilos of liquid methamphetamine hydrochloride.

In addition, another 290.453 grams of shabu, 18,295.1382 grams and 8 sachets of marijuana were also confiscated, all these are estimated with value of PHP1,706,797,560.00, he further said.

Meanwhile, the NCRPO’s conduct of internal cleansing in its ranks continues. So far, of the 16,000 police officers who underwent drug testing, 11 tested positive who are already relieved from their posts and are currently undergoing investigation.

Albayalde emphasized that NCRPO will conduct further investigation on their involvement with illegal drugs and drug personalities. Corresponding sanctions will be immediately implemented.

With the on-going cleansing operations within their ranks, one policeman from Northern Police District and one from the Quezon City Police District were neutralized when they fought out with the arresting authorities during anti-illegal drugs operations while policeman from Manila Police District and two from Quezon City Police District were arrested.

Albayalde assured the public that NCRPO will continue its intensified anti-criminality campaign particularly on Oplan Tokhang and Double Barrel as he emphasized that the change as promised is now “change on-going”.

He also stressed that all these police operations are meticulously guided and monitored by the NCRPO Human Rights Counselors to ensure that each operation is in accordance with established Human Rights Law.

He also recognized the support extended by stakeholders but at the same time appealed to the community for their continued support and engagement on the battle against illegal drugs.

“Naniniwala po tayo na kailangan tagalang magtulungan tayong lahat. Ito po ang pagkakataon na binigay sa atin para makibahagi sa pagbabago na gusto nating makamit ng ating bansa,”he emphazied.

He believes that partnership with communities, civic organizations, NGOs, schools, even the media are necessary for the success of the campaign against illegal drugs and curb criminality.

Likewise, he encouraged the public to engage and post feedback on the NCRPO’s undertakings through NCRPO website: www.ncrpo.pnp.gov.ph, twitter accounts: NCRPO-React, ordncrpo, and facebook account: NCRPO-React or Pio Ncrpo.

“The positive feedback from the people is a proof that we are doing our job correctly, that will be our ultimate reward when the citizenry will be the one to say that they feel safer in their neighborhood and in the streets of Metro Manila,” Albayalde added. Christopher Lloyd Caliwan/PNA/northboundasia.com