THREE senators have sought an investigation into reports that the trading and use of prohibited drugs are now prevalent in some universities and colleges.
Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto III filed Resolution No. 1198 directing the proper Senate committee to conduct the inquiry into the prevalence of drug abuse among the Filipino youth, especially students in universities and colleges in the country.
“The youths’ welfare and well-being are being compromised by the country's number one quandary, the propagation of prohibited drugs,” said Sotto.
Meanwhile, Senators Manuel “Lito” Lapid and Miriam Defensor-Santiago filed SRN 1201 and SRN 1197 respectively, instructing the appropriate Senate panel to conduct an inquiry, in aid of legislation, into the report that drugs are prevalent at a reputable college in Manila.
Santiago said the students who sell drugs at the said college are from rich or influential families.
“It is imperative for government to ensure that educational institutions are not only free from dangerous drugs, but also campaign against drug use. Congress must intensify existing legislation to rid schools of drugs,” Senatiago said.
Lapid said there is a need to investigate “the reason for the proliferation and continued operation of these drug-peddling establishments which prey on our innocent students with the end in view of stamping out drug abuse and to safeguard our youth from the ill effects of illegal drugs.”
“These establishments allegedly operate in the guise of coffee shops serving as hangout and meeting place for students and pushers who trade illegal drugs. Lapid and Santiago said that the said establishments have been raided by the police for several times already “but have remained to be in operation until now despite the crackdowns,” Lapid said.
According to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, more than 8,000 barangays in the country are plagued with the drug menace.
Sotto said based on PDEA’s consolidated data gathered from its operational reports and other law enforcement agencies, around 20.51 percent or 8,629 villages out of the 42,065 barangays nationwide have drug-related cases.
It was reported that Metro Manila has the highest rate of being drug-affected with 92.10 percent of the region's barangays affected, followed by Region 4A (Southern Tagalog) at 33.78 percent.