Of the 54 homicide cases in Dumaguete City from 2016 up to December 2018, 90% of these are drug-related.
Police investigators also established that most of these are vendetta killings carried out by syndicates and drugs personalities, some not residents of the city.
Current City Chief-of-Police Supt. Jonathan Pineda clarified that not a single case of homicide involved any police officer of Dumaguete City as all operations against illegal drugs were legitimate.
In his latest report to the City Peace and Order Council, Pineda disclosed the stark statistical difference between 2017 and 2018. He said that in 2018, PNP Dumaguete confiscated illegal drugs worth P4.6M compared to P 470, 628.00 in 2017. He went on to say that the PNP Dumaguete led 75 operations compared to 30 in 2017; 91 suspects were arrested this year compared to 30 last year; and 78 cases had been filed in 2018 as compared to 30 in 2017.
It was also observed by the members of the Peace and Order Council that the volume of drugs confiscated increased in the last four months of the year: P 924, 800 in September; P 376, 040 in October; P 936, 360 in November and P 1, 686, 400 in December. Incidentally, these are also the peak months of events in the city with an influx of visitors and fanfare due to the Sandurot Festival, Buglasan Festival, City Fiesta and the Christmas season. Pineda assumed as Dumaguete City Chief-of-Police in the last week of November 2017. As chief, Pineda led the PNP Dumaguete to be awarded as the Best City Police Station with the best anti-illegal drugs accomplishment in Negros Oriental.
Per assessment of the local PNP, only five of the 30 barangays are “moderately affected” by illegal drugs. The other 25 are categorized as “slightly affected.” Not a single barangay is considered “seriously affected.”
The five “moderately affected” barangays of illegal drugs based on the parameters of the Dangerous Drugs Board with the corresponding number of surrenderees are: Poblacion 8 (38), Motong (55), Looc (98), Calindagan (124), and Cadawinonan (98).