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Know these hotlines, squeal on drug pushers -- PNP, PDEA

  • Written by Alfred Dalizon
  • Published in Nation
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APART from watching tell-tale signs of a secret drug facility, the Philippine National Police Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency yesterday called on the public to support their all-out anti-drugs campaign by knowing their hotlines where they can relay information on narcotics activities in their neighborhood.
   
PNP-AIDSOTF commander, Senior Superintendent Bartolome C. Tobias said that apart from the DILG Patrol 117 and the PNP hotline  0917-8475757 and the PNP Facebook and Twitter accounts, drug informants could also send their tips to the PDEA’s 24/7 SMS/Text Center.
   
PDEA chair, Undersecretary Arturo G. Cacdac Jr., said that information could be sent to the following: for SMART subscribers, 09998887332; Globe, 09279150616; and Sun Cellular, 09255737332.
   
The identities of the tipsters will be kept in utmost secrecy to protect them from drug syndicates, the two officials assured.
   
Cacdac also called on the public to send their information to the PDEA 24/7 Text Hotline, a round-the-clock message center donated by Go Live Pacific, a leading global provider of technology-enabled solutions and services that features Frequently asked Questions (FAQ) Solution System, automatic forwarding of Short Message Service (SMS) to concerned anti-drug units, automatic answering of queries falling under the FAQ, automatic sorting of SMS and automatic follow-up on forwarded messages.
   
The official said the PDEA 24/7 Text Hotline actually has been operational since 2013 and described it as the fastest, secured and most affordable means to receive, process and reply to anti-drug queries and information from concerned individuals.
   
“At the same time, the system also provides a venue that is accessible to all to report to PDEA any suspected illegal drug activities in their neighborhood,” Cacdac said.
   
Cacdac said that from January to December 2014, PDEA had acted on 5,846 drug-related reports received through the same hotline.  He said different PDEA regional offices and units also responded to 1,847 summaries of information and reports received through other media as follows: Telephone Call/SMS with 151; Walk-In Informants, 111; Referral from Other Officers, 1,088; E-mail,  198; Letter from Concerned Citizens,  58; Target of Opportunities, 6; and Report from Action Agents,  235.
   
“Through the text hotline, the citizenry will be encouraged to work hand in hand with PDEA in enforcing the anti-drug law by passing timely and reliable information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,” Cacdac said.
   
To send anti-drug reports to PDEA 24/7 Text Hotline, citizens have been asked to simply text the name of Drug Users/Pushers and Complete Address of the Incident and send the text to the Smart, Globe and Sun hotlinines. To know the status, send STAT [space] REFERENCE NUMBER to any of the above numbers, he said.
   
The presence of the hotlines has contributed to the significant increase -- nearly 67 percent actually -- in the number of cases for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2012 filed in court by its agents last year.
   
A total of 17,074 RA 9165 cases were filed in different courts nationwide last year compared to the 10,502 drug cases filed in 2013 or an increase of 62.57 percent. Cacdac said that from 2002-2014, 106,092 drug cases were already filed in court of which 19,585 or 18.46 percent were settled.
   
Out of the resolved cases, 5,265 or 27 percent resulted in conviction, 9,051 or 46 percent resulted in acquittal and 5,269 or 27 percent resulted in dismissal. The remaining anti-drug cases filed during the period were either unresolved and pending before the court, or provisionally dismissed and placed in the archives, he said.
   
According to the PDEA chief, internal support mechanisms have been institutionalized to strengthen PDEA’s aggressive campaign against illegal drugs. He said that capability enhancement trainings, such as anti-drug investigation courses, are regularly provided to enable agents to prepare air-tight cases in coordination with PDEA lawyers. Additionally, moot courts are used to prepare PDEA agents and chemists who will stand as prosecution witnesses. Cacdac added that case monitors have been permanently assigned to all PDEA regional offices to regularly monitor status of drug cases.