National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director Chief Supt. Oscar Albayalde said around 341 barangays in Metro Manila have yet to fully support the Duterte administration’s initiative, the The Manila Times reported.
“Some 15 to 20 percent of the total number of barangays in the National Capital Region have yet to give their total support or are reluctant to cooperate with the police for different reasons,” he said.
According to Albayalde, one of the reasons was most of the officials running these LGUs are somehow linked to the illegal drug trade.
Meanwhile, at least 26 barangays in Manila have yet to provide their drug watch list which was requested by the PNP since July.
The PNP uses the drug watch list to conduct Oplan Tokhang operations in the country where drug suspects are given a chance to surrender peacefully.
In July, the PNP launched Oplan Tokhang in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign promise of an all-out war against illegal drugs.
The operation has been deemed a success with over 700,000 drug suspects surrendering to authorities.
However, extrajudicial killings have risen with PNP records as of October showing 1,645 drug suspects killed while 1,967 drug-related deaths are still under investigation.