C. Luzon cops register 652 deaths over tokhang ops

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga — Central Luzon police is winning the war on drugs if based on the number of personalities arrested, killed and surrendered from January 2017 to mid-year of 2018, statistics showed to iorbitnews.com Monday.

This developed as Chief Supt. Amador Corpus, director of the Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3), attributed the accomplishments to the police’s relentless campaign against the prohibited substance particularly methamphetamine hydrochloride commonly known as shabu.

Corpus said a total of 652 drug traffickers and users of shabu have met their end during police operation across the region. “Kaya napapatay dahil lumalaban during buy busts.”

The province of Bulacan, Corpus said, lead other provincial police offices in the region in terms of the number of drug personalities killed during oplan Tokhang, Double Barrel and Tokhang reloaded with 416 street pushers killed in action, followed by Nueva Ecija with 172 deaths and Pampanga with 31 casualties.

“Overall in the entire Central Luzon area, about 13,919 suspected illegal drugs users and traffickers were arrested and brought behind bars. A big number were able to post bail and are sent back home,” Corpus said.

The Central Luzon region consists of seven provinces and two cities including Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, and Zambales.

Shabu and marijuana are the most commonly abused substance by 20 years old and above users. The oldest is 60 years old, records showed.

Late last year, a huge quantity of shabu, passed off as packages through UPS was intercepted by government authorities at the Clark International Airport (CIA). The shipment is consigned to a suspected illegal drugs trafficker in Cavite.