SENATOR Panfilo Lacson has urged law enforcement agencies to mount an information campaign to let the public, especially the youth, realize the “far-reaching” effects of drug abuse.
Filipinos should be aware of their individual responsibilities to help end the problem of illegal drugs, said Lacson during the destruction on Thursday of seized illegal drugs in Cavite.
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) had invited Lacson to lead the destruction, through thermal decomposition, of over P400 million worth of illegal drugs including shabu, cocaine, ketamine, marijuana, ephedrine, ecstasy, and expired medicines.
“Mayroon tayong responsibility sa society, mapa-media ka, law enforcement o ordinaryong tao. Isipin natin ang responsibility sa future generations,” said Lacson, chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs.
“We should all work together to eliminate this menace by all means necessary, but with proper regard to and complete respect for the individual rights of all concerned, whether they be the one enforcing the law or the one to whom the law is being enforced,” he said.
On the other hand, Lacson reiterated the need for law enforcement agencies not to let “a few bad apples” undermine their efforts.
“An arduous challenge remains: We should not let a few bad apples spoil the whole bunch. We should fight tooth and nail to break the grip of erring officers within all law enforcement agencies to win back the confidence of the public in our institutions,” he said.
Integrity will be a key weapon, especially of law enforcers, in their ongoing efforts to combat the illegal drug trade, he said.
Lacson called for all sectors of society to do their part in complimenting the anti-drug efforts of the PDEA and other law enforcement bodies.