• Out of nearly 20,000 police operations, the police has arrested 18,000 drug personalities 
  • The police has also recorded 721,067 drug users and pushers who surrendered
  • From July to September, PNP has been conducting two operations against drugs : Oplan Double Barrel and Oplan Tokhang

The Philippine National Police (PNP) bared that there have been 18,000 drug personalities arrested since the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte launched the massive campaign against illegal drugs.

GMA News cited police statistics, which says that of 19,935 police operations, there have been 18,873 arrested suspects of illegal drug peddlings.

These arrests were taken under the Oplan Double Barrel, wherein both the drug pushers and users, big time or small time, are targeted.

Meanwhile, there are now 721,067 drug users and pushers who turned themselves in after the police launched its Oplan Tokhang. From July to September, they have searched over one million households.

More than 92% of those who surrendered are drug users while the remaining portion are drug pushers.

The government, led by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), is currently crafting a comprehensive drug rehabilitation program for the surrenderers.

The program will also be participated by various agencies such as the Department of Social Welfare and Development(DSWD), Department of Health(DOH), and the Department of Education, among others.

DILG earlier said that only 10,000 of the 700,000 surrenderers will be placed in rehabilitation centers, the remaining bulk will be subjected to a community-based rehabilitation program that intends to reintegrate them back to normal life.

The launch of the project was eyed in September but the DILG and its partner agencies have yet to give an update.

Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Duterte has extended its war against drugs for another six months.

Duterte, as a presidential candidate, said that the crackdown on drugs and criminality will be done in three to six months. But he extended it last week; explaining that he did not realize then just how massive the drug problem in the country is.