Afraid to die, scores of drug suspects surrender in Visayas

Junrey Nadela, ABS-CBN News Central Visayas

Posted at Jul 07 2016 11:16 PM

A large party of mourners turned out for the funeral of Jeffrey "Jaguar" Diaz, an alleged top drug trafficker in Cebu City on June 27, 2016. ABS-CBN News file photo

Over 1,000 drug pushers have surrendered to different police stations and government officials in Siquijor, Bohol, and Cebu in only a span of six days, the Police Regional Office in Central Visayas said Thursday.

Their records show that a total of 1,110 drug pushers turned themselves in from July 1 to 6 following the implementation of Oplan Tokhang.

They said they have so far conducted Oplan Tokhang in 1,295 homes. 

According to Senior Superintendent Rey Lyndon Lawas, Deputy Regional Director for Operations of PRO-7, most of the suspects' reason for surrendering is the fear that they might get killed amid President Rodrigo Duterte's all-out campaign against illegal drugs.

Lawas said the suspects underwent profiling and were asked to divulge information about other drug personalities.

They were later released and are now under surveillance by authorities who will make sure that none of them will go back to peddling illegal drugs.

Lawas, meanwhile, called on police chiefs to be serious in implementing Oplan Tokhang or else they will face investigation, he said.

He noted that since February this year, 30 police stations in Cebu have had zero success in drug-related cases.

These police stations have failed to arrest drug personalities on their lists which they submitted to higher office, said Lawas.