By Elena Aben
President Rodrigo Duterte told the country’s top police and security officials that the government’s efforts against terrorism, illegal drugs and corruption must continue without fail.
The commander-in-chief said this in his guidance during the joint Armed Forces of the Philippines–Philippine National Police command conference in Malacañang on Friday, January 6.
“Ni-reiterate niya ang kanyang guidance regarding corruption lalo na, sinasabi niya iyan kasi hindi naman nawawala iyan just like that and then iyong campaign against drugs and terrorism,” presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said in an interview over state-owned radio station DZRB.
“Idiniin din ng Presidente na iyong kanyang commitment to end the ASG, iyong Abu Sayyaf Group,” Abella stated.
The police and the military also apprised the president of security updates as well as current law enforcement activities.
PNP director general Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa briefed the president on their accomplishment in connection with the PNP’s campaign against illegal drugs under “Oplan Double Barrel.”
Data released by the PNP show that a total of 1,017,375 drug personalities have surrendered to the police from July 1, 2016 to January 4. Of the total number of surrenderees, 942,276 were drug users and 75,099 were drug pushers.
Anti-narcotics operations conducted during the period also resulted in the killing of 2,174 drug suspects and the arrest of 43,414. A total of 5,998,848 houses were also visited to encourage those believed involved in illegal narcotics to surrender for rehabilitation.
Abella said the joint command conference lasted for two hours and described it as a “substantial and a very fruitful meeting, which puts the President in touch once more with this branch of government.”
Also present during the conference were executive secretary Salvador Medialdea, national security adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr., defense secretary Delfin Lorenzana and undersecretary Cesar Yano, interior and local government secretary Ismael Sueno and AFP chief of staff Lt. Gen. Eduardo Año.
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