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Half of drug personalities in Tokhang list go ‘missing’

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More than 50 percent of the suspected drug personalities in the Western Visayas region could not be found, according to the Regional Oversight Committee on Illegal Drugs and Illegal Gambling (ROCIDG).

The ROCIDG said 2,911 suspected drug dealers were listed in the region from Dec. 5, 2017 to July 29, 2019.

But Western Visayas police spokesperson Police Lt. Col. Joem Malong said more than half of these 2,911 are lumped in the “suspense file” because they could no longer be located (https://dailyguardian.com.ph/gone-with-the-wind-half-of-drug-personalities-in-tokhang-list-go-missing-2/).

“We think that most of them have either relocated or left the area where they used to operate or have not been monitored to engage in the illegal drug trade,” Malong said.

Data from the Police Regional Office 6 on Oplan Tokhang showed 1,537 of these suspects are in Negros Occidental; 794 in Bacolod City; 211 in Iloilo City; 122 in Capiz; 111 in Iloilo province; 63 in Antique; 58 in Aklan; and 15 in Guimaras.

Malong said there are 311 personalities who are still up for Tokhang and police operations, but added the number could change “because there are personalities who are already neutralized or there have been newly-identified individuals.”

On July 29, Police Brigadier General Rene Pamuspusan, Western Visayas police chief, said PRO-6 has 374 watch listed drug personalities based on the PNP Directorate for Intelligence’s records.

But Pamuspusan pointed out that the number could change because of the ongoing validation and daily anti-illegal drugs operations.