Police data: More than 1.26 M drug personalities has surrendered to PNP

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 18) — More than 1.26 million drug personalities have surrendered to the national police after 15 months of the law enforcement agency's "relentless efforts" to combat illegal drugs, according to police.

Data from the Philippine National Police (PNP) Directorate for Operations released on Sunday said only 3,933 drug personalities died in police operations.

More than 80 uniformed men were killed, and 238 others were wounded due to the anti-illegal drug operations.

The numbers were culled from July 31, 2016 up to October 10, 2017 - before the President transferred the campaign against illegal drugs to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) due to allegations of human rights violations.

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But the President gave the campaign back to the police in early December, but under the supervision of PDEA.

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Putting a stop to drug addiction in the Philippines is one of President Rodrigo Duterte's most prominent campaign promises. He has been claiming there are around 4 million drug addicts in the Philippines.

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The PNP data also shows 4 percent or slightly less than 50,000 of the total surrenderees were minors.

One of the criticisms against the national police was after 17-year-old Kian Delos Santos was killed in August.

Delos Santos, an alleged drug runner, was found dead in a fetal position with gunshots to his head after a so-called "one-time, big-time" anti-illegal drugs operation by the Caloocan City police.

Marijuana, shabu, cocaine

Among the illegal drugs confiscated by the police, marijuana is the most prevalent.

Authorities have confiscated 3,812 kilos of marijuana, and only 1,703 kilos of shabu. Seizure of ecstasy falls far behind at only 2.65 kilos.

The administration's war on drugs have been criticized as being a "war on the poor" because of the demographics of the victims.

The President has explained this last year, saying the market of shabu is the poor community.

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According to police, they have dismantled drug laboratories in Valenzuela, Pampanga, Isabela, and Catanduanes.