PNP to continue war on drugs, criminality

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    PNP officials yesterday assured the war on drugs and anti-criminality efforts won’t be affected by the community quarantine being enforced in Metro Manila to contain the spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).

    “Those will continue,” PNP director for police community relations and acting PNP spokesman Maj. Gen. Benigno Durana said, referring to anti-drugs and anti-criminality campaigns of the police force.

    Durana said the implementation of the community quarantine is not solely the job of the PNP, noting that the Armed Forces, the Philippine Coast Guard and the Bureau of Fire Protection are also involved in the endeavor.

    “The regular functions that we’ve been doing, anti-criminality, crime-prevention, crime solution, community policing, our policemen will continue to do them,” said Durana.

    National Capital Region Police chief Maj. Gen. Debold Sinas said the policemen deployed for the community quarantine are from the NCRPO’s regional mobile force.

    “The very reason there is so that city police stations will be able to conduct their anti-criminality campaign. Those (anti-criminality campaign) will continue, nothing will be stopped, our anti-drug campaign will continue,” said Sinas.