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Santiago at DDB and NAIA-BoC efforts for Marawi

  • Written by Itchie G. Cabayan
  • Published in Opinion
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Kudos to Customs-NAIA district collector Ed Macabeo who, I learned, recently spearheaded a fund-raising effort among Bureau of Customs employees in the hope of gathering enough money to help send much-needed supplies to our suffering brothers and sisters in Marawi City. 

We can only hope that the efforts of Collector Macabeo will  become contagious and be replicated by other government agencies as well as non-government organizations who, I’m sure, have some money to spare for those who continue to be unduly displaced and stay at the evacuation centers.
    
Needless to say, all the needs of these evacuees are not met to the fullest and all kinds of help are welcome and will surely go a long way.
    
Macabeo said, whatever funds are raised will be used to purchase the basic necessities of the evacuees. 

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It is quite exciting to watch how the recent appointment of  retired general Dionisio Santiago as the new chairman of the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) will impact the anti-illegal drugs campaign being waged without letup by the government of President Rodrigo Duterte.       
    
Santiago has the reputation of being the no-nonsense former head of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).  His appointment to his new post is good for a period of one year, from July 1 this year to June 30, 2018.
    
On countless occasions, Duterte had been citing Santiago as the source of his pronouncements that there are about four million drug addicts in the Philippines.
    
Benjamin Reyes, who used to be at the helm of the DDB, was, also recently, quoted in certain news reports as having stated that there are only 1.8 million drug users in the country based on a DDB survey published in September of 2016. This in effect runs counter to Duterte’s repeated pronouncements.
    
Thus, for issuing such ‘contradicting’ figures, Reyes was publicly fired by Duterte last May. In doing so, Duterte was correct in emphasizing that the correct count is the one coming from the police and the PDEA, most specially, since they are in the best position to provide figures.      
    
I believe that the statistics given by Santiago is more accurate, as he served the PDEA for many years, specifically from 2006 to 2011.  This means that his figures were not drawn out of thin air. He is also not crazy to invent figures specially knowing that they will be used by Duterte in his official pronouncements during the critical campaign period.  
    
In my humble opinion, it does not really matter whether the correct number of drug addicts is 1.8 million or 4 million. The fact that the count has breached one million is very, very alarming and does not in any way lessen the impact and menace brought into society by illegal drugs and their users.
    
One thing for sure is that the figures we hear and see are only estimates and the number of drug addicts at this precise moment must definitely be higher.
    
Considering the kind of iron-fisted approach being used by government against drugs, there are still drug seizures, drug peddlers and drug addicts being netted by various government agencies from time to time. Can you imagine if the one sitting at the helm of government is not as feisty as Duterte? God help this country.

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