TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- At least 169 government officials in Cagayan Valley surrendered to authorities amid the intensified anti-illegal drug war of the Duterte administration.

In a press release, the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Cagayan Valley said the number is composed of municipal councilors, government employees, barangay chairmen, barangay kagawad members and barangay watchmen who surrendered from July 1, 2016 to September 8.

Police Chief Superintendent Regional Director Gilbert Sosa said the surrender is a result of the police’s support to President Rodrigo Duterete’s thrust on illegal drugs, anti-criminality, and corruption.

According to Police Senior Superintendent Liborio Carabbacan, Deputy Regional Director for Operations and the head of the oversight committee on Project Double Barre, 2016, said of the figure, three Sangguniang Bayan (SB) members, 46 barangay captains, 92 barangay kagawad, eight Barangay tanods and 20 other government employees from different provinces in Cagayan Valley Region.

Police Superintendent Chevalier Iringan, PNP-Cagayan Valley information officer, said the surrenderers were all drug users.

Isabela has the highest number of surrenders at 114. Two were SB members; 14 were barangay captains; 70 were barangay kagawads, 20 government employees and eight barangay tanods.

Police said there is no recorded government official surrenderer in Batanes province.

Meanwhile, as of July 1- September 1, 2016, the regional police recorded a total 183,269 house visited under the Oplan Tokhang.

Nineteen thousand three hundred forty three (19,343) have already surrendered. Of the number, 17,504 are users while 1,853 are drug pushers.

Of the 424 arrested in police operations, 121 are users and 303 are pushers.
Nine (9) suspected users and pushers were killed in legitimate police operations.

“This accomplishment only proves that PRO2 is serious in its battle against illegal drugs in the region. “We will enforce the law in its fullest extent without fear and favor,” Sosa said. Previously published in Rappler.com/TNF

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