By Martin Sadongdong
The Philippine National Police (PNP) today commended the Bulacan Provincial Police Office (PPO) for its successful anti-illegal drugs operations which claimed the lives of at least 13 drug suspects and arrested over 90 others last Friday.
PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde vowed to sustain the intensified war on drugs as he promised the police will not stop until the last drug suspect is out of the street.
“Those operations were all normal. Whether it was chief PNP [dela Rosa], or me, or whoever was assigned in this position, the order of President [Duterte] is to intensify the campaign against illegal drugs. Like what the President said, we will not stop until the last supplier, coddler or pusher is put behind bars,” Albayalde said over a radio interview.
“Bulacan is a very big province and the police commander there is really hard-working and conducting operations. There’s no letting up in this campaign, especially in that province where almost all barangays are affected by illegal drugs,” he added.
However, Albayalde stated that he has instructed the Internal Affairs Service (PNP-IAS) to conduct an investigation of the armed encounters to ensure no human rights violation was committed by the troops on the ground.
He also reminded the cops to be careful in dealing with the “violent and dangerous” drug suspects.
Albayalde’s statements came in the wake of the province-wide, simultaneous operations on anti-illegal drugs conducted by the Bulacan PPO, led by Senior Superintendent Romeo Caramat Jr., provincial director.
The simultaneous operations on Friday resulted to the deaths of 13 drug suspects who allegedly resisted arrest, and the capture of at least 96 others, Albayalde said while citing the latest records submitted to his office.
The fatalities were recorded in the cities of San Jose del Monte and Malolos; and towns of Bocaue, Pandi, Sta. Maria, Plaridel, Pulilan, Baliwag, and San Rafael.
The operations also led to the recovery of P488,439 worth of illegal drugs including 216 plastic sachets of suspected shabu; and a brick and 26 plastic sachets of suspected marijuana.