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March 4 - 10, 2017

CAMP ALFREDO BANTUG - After the Philippine National Police’s war on drugs was temporarily put on hold by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, due to the controversial killing of the South Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo, the Maasin born president once again ordered the police to spearhead his war versus the illegal drug trade.

Provincial Director Police Senior Superintendent Warren De Leon disclosed to SLT that the Philippine National Police (PNP) is back on its battle against illegal drugs. But this time, they expect a “less bloody” campaign and have organized a new set of special antinarcotic units to conduct the “double-barrel” operations.

According to the police chief, the Drug Enforcement Unit is the name of the newly formed anti-illegal drugs group that is composed of three teams, with at least 10 members each.

De Leon said that the units will be composed of policemen “imbued with fervour of patriotism and have no record or involvement in illegal drug activities.”

“Only policemen with clean records will be involved in any drug operations,” De Leon added.

With Oplan Tokhang’s four weeks suspension by Malacañang, the police then focused on internal cleansing and ridding the police force of scalawags amongst its ranks, to restore public trust and confidence in the police force.

Now dubbed as “Double Barrel – Reloaded,” De Leon is expecting his officers to neutralize all high value illegal-drug targets in Southern Leyte. He also urged the public to continue its support and cooperation with the local PNP to have a secure and peaceful community.(By MARK L. RIMAS)






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