- PNP operatives were able to arrest 43 drug suspects in Negros Occidental
- 11 persons were also arrested for illegal possession of fire arms
- The arrests were made during a “one-time, big time” operation of the police force
At least 54 suspects were arrested by elements of the Philippine National Police (PNP) following a “one-time, big-time” anti-drug campaign conducted by the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOPPO) and Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO).
In an article written by Merlinda Pedrosa for Sun Star Bacolod on October 31, it was disclosed that Police Director General Ricardo Marquez has ordered all regional offices of the PNP to intensify their monthly campaigns against the use of illegal drugs following the rising number of crime rates in the country.
In a statement, BCPO public information officer Police Chief Inspector Dianne Catedral said that the city’s police operatives were able to seize 58 sachets of Methamphetamine hydrochloride (commonly known as “shabu“) from 19 suspects during 11 operations held on October 28 and 29.
Meanwhile, the provincial police force of Negros Occidental was able to put into custody 24 suspects in 14 anti-drug operations, wherein 88 packs of shabu weighing 1.05 grams were recovered.
Aside from the drug users, 11 persons were also arrested for illegal possession of firearms; wherein a total of 14 assorted weapons were seized from the suspects.
According to the PNP Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management, crime rates in the Philippines increased by 46 percent from January to June this year as compared to the data collected in 2014.
During the first two quarters of the previous year, only 603,085 cases were officially recorded by the PNP, but these numbers went up to 885,445 during the same period this year.
The Oplan Lambat-Sibat currently implemented in several provinces serves as the response of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to the rising crime rates; with Metro Manila already benefiting from this project by recording lower figures of crime incidents by 60 to 70 percent.