By Roi Lomotan
DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA) – The number of identified illegal drug personalities in the province who surrendered to authorities under the Oplan Tokhang has reached more than 10,000 as of August 11, 2016, according to the Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office (NOrPPO).
SPO2 Edilberto Euraoba, information officer of NOrPPO, disclosed this during a briefing with members of the Association of Negros Oriental Public Information Officers (ANOPIO).
Euraoba noted that out of the total, 10,365 are drug users and 520 are drug pushers.
Based on police data, the following are the number of surrenderrees per area: 378 in Amlan; 243, Ayungon; 517, Bacong; 619, Bais City; 71, Basay; 798, Bayawan City; 126, Bindoy; and 489, Canlaon City; 409, Dauin; 680, Dumaguete City; 905, Guihulngan City; 231, Jimalalud; 391, La Libertad; 561, Mabinay; 87, Manjuyod; 248, Pamplona; 317, San Jose; 610, Sta. Catalina; 603, Siaton; and 952, Sibulan.
Meanwhile, the number of illegal drug personalities in Tanjay is at 595, 122 in Tayasan, 269 in Vallehermoso, 426 in Valencia, and 228 in Zamboanguita.
Euraoba disclosed that the figures translate to 75 percent to 80 percent of the illegal drug personalities in their watchlist.
With this, the NOrPPO is appealing for cooperation with the members of ANOPIO to further intensify the government’s campaign against the proliferation of illegal drugs.
“We are now facing this remaining 20 percent of those people in our watchlist who haven’t surrendered yet. We are hoping that through ANOPIO, we can encourage them to come out,” he said.
“Tokhang is not only limited to PNP but ANOPIO can also do their own tokhang, not in the literal sense of knocking resident’s doors, knock not on their doors but on the doors of their hearts,” he added.
Euraoba also relayed to the group the message of Sr. Supt. Nestor Tiempo, officer in charge provincial director of NOrPPO, for ANOPIO.
“I encourage you to support the government’s program to eliminate the existence of illegal drugs. Convince your friends and relatives who are into it to stop and start their way of transformation for progress and development of the nation,” Euraoba said, reading the message of Tiempo.
Supt. Tiempo also appealed to PIOs to continue to put their trust and support and trust in the police despite the minimal problems that are confronting the organization.
“All eyes and have seen and all ears have heard the news of what is really going on in our organization. But this leadership adheres to standard and aligned to the mandate of the chief PNP to cleanse the ranks and files of the organization to acquire the moral ascendancy to implement the programs and enforce the law towards the attainment of our vision embodied in the Peace and Order Agenda For Transformation and Upholding the Rule of Law or the PNP P.A.T.R.O.L Plan 2030,” Euraoba said.
He also stressed that Oplan Tokhang shall not violate human rights and all police personnel are strictly directed to respect at all times the rights of their subjects in conducting house visitations. (rmn/ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was originally published at PIA website on Aug. 26, 2016)