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Incoming PNP chief admits an uphill battle vs drugs

DAVAO CITY--The incoming chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) admits he will be facing a difficult battle against illegal drugs, especially in six regions, but assured their police operation procedure will be followed.

During a press conference on Thursday afternoon at SM Annex, incoming PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa identified the National Capital Region, Regions 3, 4, 6 (Iloilo), 7, and the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) as hot beds of illegal drugs.

While he is confident the fight against drugs in Davao has been successful through its intensified campaign program like Tokhang (Toktok Hangyo or Knock and appeal), Dela Rosa said, it will be a big problem at the national level.

"Mabigat ang labanan sa droga (The fight against drugs is difficult)," Dela Rosa admitted.

He said Tokhang will be enhanced for national implementation targeting street peddlers for supply reduction efforts.

For big-time drug pushers, Dela Rosa said it would be a joint effort of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG).

In cleansing the police ranks, Dela Rosa said police involved in drugs would be shocked on the plan to rid the organization of scalawags.

Dela Rosa would not detail the plan, saying they would knock out critical matters when they hit the road.

Dela Rosa said that of the 160,000- strong police about one percent are into drugs.

He said the plan was in place and the list of targeted drug lords was being consolidated by PDEA and the CIDG.

President-elect Rodrigo Duterte wants drug lords dead or alive with Php 3 million up as reward for those who could get big-time pushers.

“I am not saying you kill them but the order is dead or alive,” Duterte told reporters in a press conference at the Presidential Guest House also called the Malacañang of the South at the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) depot in Panacan on Tuesday.

Dela Rosa said they were counting on Duterte' strong leadership that they could achieve success in the fight against drugs and criminality in three to six months. (PNA)

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