Palace cites drug war accomplishment on year-end report

By , on December 26, 2017

President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday announced that the war-torn Marawi City has been set free from the Islamic State-inspired Maute group, following the deaths of its top two leaders—Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute. (ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO)
FILE: President Rodrigo Duterte (Photo by ROBINSON NIÑAL JR. via PCOO)

Malacañang laid out the administration’s accomplishments in its year-end report including the President’s controversial war on drugs that gained attention from human rights critics locally and internationally.

Entitled “The Duterte Administration Year-End Report: 2017 Key Accomplishments,” the 63-page report emphasized that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s key platforms on law and order, lasting peace, and prosperity for all, “gave the Filipino people a safe, secure, and comfortable environment.”

“The Duterte administration is committed to eliminate illegal drugs, criminality, and corruption in government. It is, likewise, serious in addressing poverty and inequality across the archipelago. Crucial reforms being instituted by the Duterte administration to resolve the nation’s problems have been gaining ground, paving way for the economy to maintain its growth and allowing the government to pursue more sustainable and inclusive socio-development programs,” the report read.

While the report had sections for the accomplishments of each department, it also allotted a section called “Fighting Illegal Drugs.”

The section named “#RealNumbers” cited figures from different agencies.

It said that a total of 79,193 anti-drug operations were conducted from July 1, 2016 to November 27, 2017.

118,287 drug personalities were arrested, and 3,967 drug personalities died in the anti-drug operations in the same time frame. However, the report said that 16,355 homicide cases from July 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017 are currently under investigation.

Meanwhile, it reiterated that from July 1, 2016 to July 26, 2017, those who surrendered reached 1,308,078, and that 4,747 barangays were declared drug-free as of November 27 this year.

The drug war section also cited the developments on the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) leading the campaign.

It also included the previous head of the said campaign – the Philippine National Police (PNP) – and its internal cleansing, citing the dismissal of cops related to drugs and to the case of Carl Arnaiz, a 19-year-old student whose death the cops were linked to.