Over half a million surrendered in anti-drug drive: Napolcom

Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 30 2016 04:58 PM

MANILA - The number of illegal drug users and pushers who have voluntarily surrendered to the police has reached over 626,000, from July 1 to August 30, as the administration continues to wage war against illegal drugs.

Of the 626,368 voluntary "surrenderees," 585,304 claimed that they are using illegal drugs, while the remaining 41,064 admitted that they are illegal drug pushers.

The National Police Commission also revealed on Tuesday that as of August 30, 895 suspects have been killed during drug operations, while 12,920 others have been arrested.

UNRELENTING WAR

But while many people surrender, the lack of rehabilitation and prison facilities remains to be a problem. 

The country's largest drug treatment facility has a maximum capacity of 550 patients but is now housing 1,546 people. 

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The government has since pushed for building more rehabilitation areas through public-private partnership programs, and has even considered accepting assistance from China.

[READ: Drug rehab centers to be built through PPP – Palace ]

[READ: Duterte: China offers to build drug rehabs for PH ]

Despite the lack of reformative facilities available, this unprecedented crackdown on illegal drugs shows no sign of slowing down as President Rodrigo Duterte continues to divulge drug matrices involving high-ranking government officials, including Senator Leila De Lima.

[READ: Duterte's 'drugs matrix' tags De Lima, others ]

De Lima has since denied the accusation, dismissing the 'baseless claims' as a part of the 'character assassination plot' against her for mounting a Congressional probe on the extra-judicial killings brought about by the war on drugs.

[READ: De Lima vows to press on in battle with Duterte ]

Aside from naming and shaming public officials, Duterte has also placed a P2-million bounty for the capture of 'ninja cops' and 'narco cops' or members of the police force who also serve as drug protectors.

[READ: Duterte offers P2-M bounty for each 'narco-cop' ]