PNP: Over 300 cops involved in illegal drugs

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Posted at Sep 06 2016 03:39 PM | Updated as of Sep 08 2016 09:44 PM

Editor's note: It was earlier reported that 12, 500 cops were linked to illegal drugs. PNP clarified that "12,500 cops are assigned to anti-drug units."

MANILA - Around 300 cops have been found to be linked to illegal drugs after "they were subjected to background investigation and drug tests," Philippine National Police (PNP) officials revealed before members of the House of Representatives Tuesday.

Police Director Benjamin Magalong, acting deputy chief for operations, said that aside from intensifying Oplan Double Barrel that aims to hit both big-time drug lords and street peddlers, the PNP is also making an effort to clean its ranks.

"Many of our personnel who were linked to illegal drugs have been assigned to areas where they cannot engage in illegal activities,"said.

Magalong said they are still monitoring over 144,200 people who may have links to illegal drugs.

Based on the PNP's latest update, over 686,800 have surrendered, 638,362 of whom were illegal drug users, and 48,534 were pushers. 

More than 15,000 have been arrested, while 1,029 drug personalities have been killed during police operations. 

The PNP underscored that the number of those killed during operations is "a very small fraction of the campaign."

Officials also reported downtrends in murder, homicide, robbery, theft, carnapping, motorcycle theft, physical injuries as well as rape. 

The PNP attributed the downtrend in daily crime to the government's anti-illegal drugs campaign.

"Index crime is down 31% in July 2016 from July 2015," Magalong noted.