By Martin Sadongdong
The Philippine National Police (PNP) welcomed Sunday the result of a recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey that showed a majority of Filipinos believe there are now fewer drug personalities in their community.
According to a survey released by the SWS on Saturday, 66 percent of Filipinos see less drug users and pushers in their neighborhood.
The survey was conducted from Dec. 16 to 19, 2018 to 1,440 adults aged 18 years old and above.
Sr. Supt. Bernard Banac, PNP spokesperson, said the result of the survey “proves that the continuing anti-illegal drugs campaign of the government is effective.”
“The PNP welcomes the result of the latest SWS Survey showing that 66 percent of Filipinos believe that the number of drug users in their communities decreased,” Banac said.
“The high rating obtained proves that the continuing anti-illegal drugs campaign of the government is effective in convincing drug dependents to refrain from further using illegal drugs, and instrumental in reducing the total number of crimes nationwide thereby, creating a secure environment where people feel safe to live, work and do business,” he added.
The PNP has been one of the leading agencies in President Duterte’s war on drugs, which has since received both criticisms and praises here and abroad.
According to latest available data, a total of 5,104 drug suspects were already killed in the drug war.
Meanwhile, 167,135 drug personalities were arrested while P25.62 billion worth of illegal drugs and laboratory equipment were seized and destroyed by the authorities.
Banac said the PNP will continue to implement a strict anti-illegal drug campaign to further diminish, if not totally eradicate, the scourge of the drug menace in the country.
All of this, he stressed, will be done while the police are upholding the rule of law and observing the human rights of the drug suspects.
“The PNP assures the public that we wil continue to perform our mandate within the bounds of the law and with utmost respect for human rights,” he said.