Quezon City to come up with database for drug suspects

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Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte says the local government will soon come up with an Integrated Drug Abuse Profiling System.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The local government of Quezon City will come up with a centralized list of drug users and pushers who have surrendered or have been arrested.

Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte said on Tuesday that there would be an Integrated Drug Abuse Profiling System that will be put up in each of the city barangays — translating to 142 computers with a finger-print scanner.  Another 12 computers will be distributed to police stations.

Belmonte said this would avoid confusion over drug-related records stemming from having various databases for different agencies.

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The Vice Mayor said there would be an evaluation of surrenderees to find out who would need to be transferred to a rehabilitation center.

The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) welcomed the move. However, the city government's rehab center can only accommodate 150 persons. An additional 150 capacity will be available soon — but still not enough to accommodate the large number of surrenderees.

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Police records show that over 4,000 have surrendered since July 1 — most of them drug users.

Meanwhile, almost 400 have been arrested while 24 have been killed in buy-bust operations.

CNN Philippines' AC Nicholls contributed to this report.