City Police Office’s Director Police Senior Superintendent Redentor Maraňon confirmed that there are seven individuals in Puerto Princesa who have surrendered through Project Double Barrel’s Low Value Target (LVT) program since July 4, 2016.
The said individuals will be guaranteed a due process and the PNP is willing to endorse and assist them in seeking proper counseling and rehabilitation, said Marañon.
Following these voluntary turn-ins, Marañon appealed to all drug pushers/users in Puerto Princesa to surrender before the police start implementing in the city the other component of Project Double Barrel, namely Oplan Tokhang.
Tokhang is a combination of “toktok”, “hangyo,” which means knock and then request or plead; it aims to encourage suspected drug users and peddlers in the barangays to voluntarily surrender and stop their illegal activities. “Para mabawasan and kakatukin naman, voluntarily, sumuko na lang agad,” Maraňon said in a phone interview.
Maraňon also confirmed that as of this writing, only 16 out of the 66 barangays in the city have submitted their drug watch lists to PNP. He admitted that the 251 individuals indicated in the collated watch list accounts for a “quite low” count. He said that most of the barangay captains are afraid to submit a watch list for fear of their security. Despite this relatively low turn-out, however, the City PNP is still optimistic that they will get the full support of barangay officials and the community in order to succeed in their current anti-drugs crusade.