PBGEN FILMORE B ESCOBAL
Regional Director, PRO 11
January 7, 2020

VP Robredo’s public relation bombshell on the “massive failure” of the national anti-drug campaign only shows her ignorance. Her statement proves that VP Robredo did not fully apprehend the outcome of the relentless anti-illegal drugs campaign in the country such as the significant reduction of index crimes. Also, the campaign against illegal drugs has high approval rating of the Filipinos with the average of 82% based on the latest 2019 SWS survey.

As PRRD said, she is a “collosal blunder “. It could be due to her short stint as ICAD co-chair that she did not fully apprehend the statistical output of the anti illegal drug operations in the country. It is unfortunate, that our good VP failed to recognize the efforts of the police officers who have sacrificed even their our own lives just to stop the proliferation, use and trade of illegal drugs.

At Police Regional Office 11 alone, since the launching of the national crusade against illegal drugs in 2016 up to December 2019; we were able to conduct 5,878 successful anti-drug operations which resulted to the arrest of 6,459 illegal drug violators and neutralization of 290 illegal drug personalities.

Also, this PRO conducted house visit/tokang activities to 78,304 households and recorded 66,131 drug personality arrested/surrendered with our implementation of Double Barrel Reloaded.

The aforementioned operations resulted to confiscation of 11,017.44 grams of SHABU; 1,368,443.86 grams of Marijuana; 39,000 grams of cocaine and recovery of 347 firearms and 34 explosives.

Infact, our accomplishment on illegal drugs had reduced the commission of Index crimes in the region. Prior to the national anti-illegal drug campaign, the index crime was recorded at 15, 710 for 2014 and 11,107 for 2015.

On the onset of the said campaign in 2016; the index crime dropped to 6,465 yielding to the decrease of 4,642 from 2015. Thereafter, it continually dropped to 5,020 in 2017; 3,791 in 2018 and 2,788 in 2019. Hence, it is only an indication that the national anti-illegal drugs campaign is successful.

More than just a claim is our statistical data that proved the success of the PNP’s campaign against illegal drugs.