PNP nabs 22,278 suspects, seizes P13.15 billion drugs in 2021

Emmanuel Tupas – The Philippine Star

January 1, 2022 | 12:00am

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MANILA, Philippines — Police have arrested 66,278 drug suspects and confiscated P13.15 billion worth of illegal drugs from January to November 2021.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) said yesterday among the high-profile drug traffickers who were apprehended last year were Chinese nationals Gao Manhu, Hong Jaingshe, Eddie Tan and Xu Youhua in Zambales on Sept. 27 wherein P3.4 billion worth of shabu was confiscated.

Of the drugs confiscated, the PNP said P8.5 billion were seized in joint operations with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency while P4.65 billion were the result of accomplishment by their police units.

The PNP said 101 wanted criminals were accounted for last year. Four were killed in law enforcement operations, 95 were arrested and two surrendered to the authorities.

A total of 5,487 personalities identified with terrorist groups were either arrested or killed in law enforcement operations.

“Aggressive police operations and other police interventions led to the arrest of lawless elements that somehow reduced the number of crimes that they may have committed,” PNP chief Gen. Dionardo Carlos said in a statement.

At least 10,503 people were arrested and charged for violating Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition. In various operations, 25,141 loose firearms were confiscated.

Carlos said they are constantly striving to keep their police officers highly capable, effective and credible.



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