Iligan, Philippines – The number of drug offenders who submit to the authorities rose to roughly over 10,000 after the 16th President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte sworn last Thursday.
Duterte, also known in the international community as the “Punisher” has already scared a bunch of alleged drug user and pushers all over the country since poll day, May 9, this year, as he vows to curve down criminality, drugs, and corruption as well as stand by on law enforcers in cases where it has executed a suspected criminal while performing his duty.
Region 10 announced nearly 1248 suspected shabu addicts/pushers who surrendered less than 24 hours the “Punisher” sworn. There were more or less 240 offenders surrendered themselves at Camp Tomas Cabili, Tipanoy, Iligan City, close to 1000 surrendered to authorities from all over Cagayan de Oro City, and 8 self confessed drug pushers, including 2 women, voluntarily surrendered in Bukidnon.
Region 12 (Soccksargen) posted more than 6,000 drug personalities voluntarily submit to the authorities since May, from various provinces of South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and North Cotabato, and the cities of General Santos, Koronadal, Tacurong, Kidapawan and Cotabato.
In the cities of Taguig, Pasay and San Juan, 700 drug addicts surfaced and at least 12 suspected drug traffickers were slaughtered in the first 48 hours of his presidency.
Pasig, Marikina, and Mandaluyong City listed 210 drug users/pushers who surrendered since last week.
The Caraga region has about 272 suspected drug dependents and pushers turned up on different police stations in the region of which over 200 of it swore to stop and be rehabilitated came from the gold rich town of Rosario, Agusan del Sur.
The Rizal Provincial Police in Taytay town reported about 752 suspected drug users and pushers who trooped to their headquarters.
A 15-year old was among the 200 personalities surrendered in the Isabela province according to the authorities.
The “Punisher’s” warning is also chilling drug offenders in the coastal district in Dagupan City, of which about 500 confessed drug addicts turned themselves over to their village chief a day after Digong’s oath-taking.
The huge turnout of drug personalities to various locations in the country might be attributed to PNP’s “Operation Tokhang” from the Cebuano dialect “Tok-tok-Hangyo” or Knock and Request.
In the program, the law enforcers visit suspected drug dependents and trafficker’s houses to request them to stop and cooperate with the authorities. The rehabilitation of the substance abusers as well as lively-hood programs was also integrated.
Nevertheless, in most cases where huge turned out of drug personalities happened because they are frightened to be the next subject to extra judicial killings following the death of several known drug top dogs in the nation.
It is anticipated that these numbers would increase specially in the far-flung towns in the Philippines.
1212 drug personalities submit to the authorities on the last day of City Police Supt. Regino Onate. The offenders, of which involved pusher/user gathered in front of the City Hall, where the authorities gladly accepted their voluntary surrender.
In Tagbilaran, Bohol, 3000 addicts and traffickers signed an affidavit to stay away from drugs.
Meanwhile, Region 9, in Zamboanga Peninsula reported nearly 700 offenders who turned themselves to the authorities.
According to Mindavote FB post, nearly 4000 drug-linked personas went to surrender to authorities in Tagum City.