The Philippines has been battling with illegal drug use and gambling-related crimes. In the country’s Cavite province in San Pedro city, the police have arrested 118 people over charges of illegal gambling and illegal drug use.
The anti-crime operation was a three-day drive to tackle the issue of increased crime in the region. The Cavite police director Col. Marlon Santos has confirmed to the local media on Monday that as a part of the three-day operation, a total of 118 suspects have been arrested.
Among those arrested 88 are illegal drug pushers and the rest 30 people are detained over charges of illegal gambling or had arrest warrants issued against them for various other crimes.
The police chief also confirmed that separate police teams carried out multiple operations – 53 to be precise. The operations and raids that followed were a part of the Philippine National Police’s Simultaneous Anti-criminality Law Enforcement Operation (SACLEO). The anti-crime drive was organized between Dec.13 to 15.
The police also said that during the Simultaneous Anti-criminality Law Enforcement Operation (SACLEO) the biggest success the police got was in recovering crystal meth, locally known as “shabu.” The police recovered a big lot of “shabu” in Barangay (village) Paliparan 3 in Dasmariñas City.
The raiding officers seized 60 grams of the said drugs. One Mr. Manolito Villanueva has also been arrested who is said to have been in the possession of the drugs.
In another operation in the same city, the police seized 48 grams more of shabu. The police also confirmed that no one was killed or injured during the operations.
Since President Rodrigo Duterte came into power in the Philippines he has gone all out against criminal activities of which he launched massive drive against drug trafficking and abuse.
He has also drawn flak from the international community for resorting to extra-judicial means to tackle the menace of drug abuse and other crimes in the country.
In a recent report, the Philippines National Police also revealed that the number of casino-related kidnappings has increased in 2019.