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Pampasikip: Over half of Naga jail detainees are drug suspects

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Drug offenders are worsening the already cramped conditions of the Naga City Jail, which is now operating at four times its ideal capacity.

Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) chief, Supt. Milton Placencia told Bicol Standard Tuesday (August 30) that the local jail now holds 493 inmates.

“Based on the standards of the United Nations, we have a 400 percent congestion rate,” Placencia said, noting that jail facility should only handle 120 inmates.

The jail official bared that out of the 493 detainees there, some 261 are have been filed with drug-related charges.

“Almost 58 percent of our inmates are being tried for their involvement in illegal drugs. They are being tried in the different court branches,” Placencia said.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) is currently implementing OPLAN Double Barrel, which is its manifestation of President Rodrigo Duterte’s aggressive anti-illegal drug campaign.

From July to August 23, a total of 2,331 drug peddlers and 39,619 users have voluntarily surrendered under Double Barrel in the Bicol region.

As far as PNP Region 5’s High Value Target operations are concerned, 33 drug pushers who resisted arrest were killed while 333 others were arrested.