Police seized illegal drugs P13.2B in 1,794 raids — DILG


Law enforcement seized $13.2 billion worth of illegal drugs in 1,794 raids from March 6-19 alone, according to the Department of Home Affairs and Local Government (DILG).

Sixty-one suspects have surrendered, 2,471 have been arrested and two have been killed in these anti-drug operations, the agency said in a statement Monday.

“Thanks to the rapid response of the Philippine National Police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, many young people and their families have been saved from the dangers of illegal drugs,” said Interior Secretary Eduardo M. Año in a statement in Filipino.

“I urge our drug enforcement agencies to further intensify their operations and target the big drug syndicates so that we can protect and save our people and our country from the harmful effects of illegal drugs.”

He said drug trafficking from the raids hit a record high of 1,775.2 pounds of crystal meth and 421.4 pounds of pot. “This is a huge win in our campaign against illegal drugs as we have seized tons of shabu and marijuana.”

The March 8 raid in Valenzuela yielded 1.08 billion pesos worth of crystal meth confiscated from a Chinese national and a Filipino, he said. He added that 1,600 kilos of drugs worth 12 billion pesos were seized from 10 suspects during a drug raid in Quezon province on March 16.

Philippine prosecutors have filed charges in court against law enforcement in four cases and plan to investigate 250 more of what may have been wrongful deaths in the government’s anti-illegal drug campaign, the report said. Justice Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra at the United Nations Human Rights Council last month. .

Last year, an inter-agency committee formed 15 teams to investigate extrajudicial executions and human rights violations during these operations.

Meanwhile, the DILG on Monday promoted 25 officials from the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and the Bureau of Prisons Management and Penology (BJMP) to chief superintendents.

Mr. Año said 18 firefighters were mostly regional directors who rose through the ranks, and seven of those who were promoted were senior prison officers.

“The officers are a testament to the hard work of our staff and the fruit of years of dedicated service they have given in the name of their sworn duty to the people,” he said. Chief superintendent is equivalent to the rank of general.

The BFP has 33,872 firefighters across the country and the BJMP has 18,600 prison staff. — John Victor D. Ordonez


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