The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) is in favor of returning to the Philippine National Police (PNP) the lead role in the administration’s campaign against illegal drugs.
“PDEA welcomes the decision of the President. It has been the desire of PDEA that the Philippine National Police will return in the fight against illegal drugs,” PDEA Spokesperson Derrick Carreon said.
PDEA said the country’s problem on illegal drugs is too huge, that’s why they need the bigger force of the PNP.
However, Carreon said during their fight against illegal drugs, the agency’s performance has significantly improved.
“Well, we have 80% increase in our operations,” he said.
PDEA’s figures showed that from October 11 to November 20 of this year, they were able to conduct 1,546 anti-illegal drug operations. The agency also arrested 469 drug personalities, and confiscated more than P62-million worth of illegal drugs.
Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said the possibility of bringing back to the PNP the lead role in the drug war is due to the President’s goal of preventing the illegal drug problem in the country from worsening.
When asked if the Chief Executive is satisfied with the work of PDEA, Roque said,“Effectively, effectively, he has manifested already a decision to return it to the PNP … because the President returned it, he must not be satisfied. He wants more.”
Meanwhile, PNP Deputy Spokesperson Police Superintendent Vimelee Madrid said the PNP is ready to respond should they be called anew to participate in the war on drugs.
“There are plans of revisions but we will not disclose it yet. Especially since we are not yet legally being brought back to the war on drugs,” Madrid said.
However, some lawmakers oppose the said plan, particularly the Makabayan Bloc in the Lower House of Congress.
‘We saw that since PNP was removed from the picture, although not totally, there had been fewer extrajudicial killings during drug operations,” ACT Teachers PL Rep. Antonio Tinio said.
“This is a ghastly prediction. It seems like we have not learned our lesson from the Maguindanao massacre,” Bayan Muna PL Rep. Carlos Zarate said. – Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue
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