READY TO FIRE: Top cops' fate hangs over anti-drug performance

Jamaine Punzalan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 25 2016 03:48 PM

Police officials stand guard outside a house where the alleged number one drug dealer in Parola, Tondo was nabbed and killed in an operation on July 14, 2016. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Philippine National Police (PNP) Director Ronald Dela Rosa on Monday threatened to reshuffle police officials over their performance in the government's campaign against narcotics.

Dela Rosa said heads of police district, city and provincial offices will be evaluated based on their performance under "Oplan Double Barrel."

The PNP chief said poor performance in the anti-narcotics drive may either be due to lack of support from local government units or the lack of courage of police officials who are only after their promotion.

Dela Rosa added that he is ready to relieve the entire staff of police offices, if needed.

PNP Director for Operations Supt. Camilo Cascolan earlier said there is an impending revamp of officers from offices that tallied a low number of drug personalities who surrendered or were slain.

Police figures show that no drug suspects have been killed in Cagayan Valley, Mimaropa, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao and Negros Island.

There is also a small number of slain suspects in Western Visayas and Eastern Visayas, Caraga and ARMM.

Police offices in Cagayan Valley, Mimaropa, Bicol Region, Soccsksargen, ARMM and Negros Islands also recorded a low number of drug-related house visits under "Oplan Tokhang" or "Tok, tok, hangyo (Knock, knock, plead)."

A total of 293 suspects were killed in drug operations nationwide between July 1 and 24, according to the PNP Directorate for Operations.

A total of 109,054 drug suspects have surrendered to authorities across the country. Of the total, 7,111 were on the PNP's drug watch list. -- Report from Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News