The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) yesterday vowed to pursue the fight against illegal drugs in Metro Manila until the last pusher and drug protector are neutralized and the last user stops.
Director Oscar Albayalde, NCRPO chief, said in line with President Duterte’s and Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Ronald de la Rosa’s directive, the Metro Manila police will continue the war against illegal drugs this year.
Albayalde said while the NCRPO will be tasked to ensure security of at least three international events hosted by the country this year, the fight against the drug menace will not take the back seat.
He said there are now only a few drug addicts preying on innocent citizens along the streets and even public utility vehicles — either to rob them of their valuables or even rape them and illegal drug peddlers trying to sell their items.
“Now that we start the new year 2017, let us continue with the war that we started,” Albayalde told NCRPO troops during the traditional New Year’s Call.
“We should not give up, we should not go astray or weaken our resolve until the last illegal pusher and drug protector are caught and face violations of our laws and the last user to start a new life,” he added.
The NCRPO noted remarkable accomplishments in the fight against illegal drugs in Metro Manila since July 2016.
“For the last more than five months, we have gained many remarkable accomplishments and I highly acknowledge our collective efforts and support with each other,” Albayalde said.
However, the NCRPO chief stressed while the campaign against criminality and illegal drugs will be relentless, it will come with intensified efforts to cleanse the police ranks with scalawags.
“I am reminding you that we are intensifying our internal cleansing program. I believe that if we are to lead by example and to possess the moral ascendancy to wage war against illegal drugs and criminality, we must be able to honestly declare ourselves that we are not, in any way, involved or beneficiaries of illegal drugs, illegal gambling and other nefarious activities,” Albayalde said.
This year, Manila will be hosting the Miss Universe 2017 pageant whose activities are ongoing; the Asean Summit 2017 and the Global Peace Convention.
“Let us all be inspired and confident that together we will conquer these challenges through our collective efforts, operational readiness, support, cooperation and trust with each other,” Albayalde urged the 28,000-strong NCRPO.