drug war is a battle we cannot afford to lose. When so much is at stake, failure is never an option. Every citizen must pursue the fight to the hilt, in order to emerge victorious.”
Thus declared retired police Gen. Isidro S. Lapeña, director-general of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, in a speech during PDEA’s 15th anniversary rites last Wednesday.
Lapeña said the nation is on the warpath against the dreaded “drug monster” that leaves nothing but trails of human suffering, criminality, corruption and economic instability.
As a product of the elite Philippine Military Academy (PMA) and a retired three-star police general, Lapeña is in a position to spearhead the total war against drug trafficking and abuse.
Like Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and ex-Philippine National Police (PNP) Director-General Oscar Calderon, Lapeña, a native of Urdaneta City in Pangasinan, is a member of PMA Class 1973.
In his well-applauded speech, Lapeña also cited the phenomenon of drug personalities voluntarily surrendering to the authorities as “a first in Philippine history, or in any part of the world.”
This, he said, translates into instant disruption of the illegal drug distribution channel and a 26.45 percent reduction of the estimated total drug market of 4.7 million drug users in the country.
The government, through its benefactors, has reduced the desire for shabu and other illegal drugs through the establishment of treatment and rehabilitation centers nationwide.
Indeed, the public can expect the number of drug pushers and drug dependents to decline in the days ahead as a consequence of the intensified campaign against the drug menace.
Thus, we commend those tasked to transform the Philippines into a drug-free country for a job well done.