Anti-drugs campaign

July 14, 2020

THE seizure of shabu and other illegal drugs worth P11 billion over the last six months is a report the Filipino people, including the ordinary citizens across the country, must be proud of.

People following the progress of the national government’s campaign to slay the dreaded “drug monster,” a priority of the Duterte administration, described the record haul as “outstanding.”

Note that the authorities achieved the feat in the midst of government efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic, which continues to claim the lives of thousands of people across the globe.

Indeed, we expect the government, through concerned law enforcement offices and agencies, to register more “monumental achievements” as President Duterte nears the end of his regime.

The six-year presidency of the 75-year-old tough-talking Duterte, the first Mindanaoan to occupy the top political post of impoverished Philippines, ends at 12 noon on June 30, 2022.

Aside from seizing the drugs, the Philippine National Police (PNP), which is civilian in nature but national in scope, also conducted 25,612 anti-narcotics operations in various parts of the country.

The operations resulted in the arrest of 38,178 drug peddlers and users, including high-value targets, and killing of seven armed drug traffickers, said PNP chief Gen. Archie Francisco F. Gamboa.

The war on drugs is being spearheaded by the PNP’s Drug Enforcement Group (DEG), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, and the 17 police regional offices, specifically NCRPO, PR0-3 and PRO4-A.

B/Gens. Romeo M. Caramat Jr., Rhodel O. Sermonia and Vicente Danao Jr. head the PNP-DEG, PRO-3 and PRO4-A, respectively. M/General Debold M. Sinas is chief of the NCRPO.

Director-General Wilkins M. Villanueva is chief of PDEA, which is the law enforcement arm of the Dangerous Drugs Board.

Away from the spotlight, concerned government agencies remain committed to rid the country of shabu and other habit-forming substances, drug traffickers, pushers and users.