PNP Chief says they are running out of time, orders men to step up war on drugs

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  • The PNP Chief ordered cops to step up drug war
  • PNP Chief De la Rosa said the number of drug users and pushers who surrendered have plateaued at only more than 600,000 after 2 months of intensified campaign
  • The number of surrenderees are way below PNP’s target

Two months have already passed since the Philippine National Police (PNP) started the intensified campaign against illegal drugs in a bid to fulfill President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign promise to solve the drug menace that is plaguing the whole country within the first six months of his presidency.

But despite the relentless campaign that saw more than a thousand drug suspects killed, several thousands more arrested and more than 600,000 voluntarily surrendered, PNP Director General Ronald De la Rosa admitted the police are running out of time to hit their target of making 1.8 million drug personalities to surrender.

“We can’t afford to fail the President in his campaign promise to eradicate the drug problem, criminality and corruption within six months. We’re now running out of time,” Dela Rosa said in his speech at Camp Bado Dangwa in La Trinidad, Benguet on Friday, September 2.

He said the number of drug users and pushers who voluntarily surrendered to authorities has plateaued at only more than 600,000.

“After we reached 600,000 plus nag-plateau na kami. Hindi na umaakyat yung number of nag-surrender. Kaya worried ako baka hindi mameet yung 1.8 million na magsurrender,” Dela Rosa said.

[We have plateaued after reaching 600,000. The number of those who surrendered is no longer increasing. That’s why I’m worried that we might not hit the target of 1.8 million surrenderees]

De la Rosa ordered his men to step up the drug war so as not to fail the Filipino people.

“Two months have passed already. The remaining four months, I hope we won’t only double, triple, or quadruple our efforts in order for us to hit our target. Otherwise… as I’ve said we can’t afford to fail the Filipino people,” the Inquirer quoted Dela Rosa as saying.