‘Drug monster’

October 08, 2019

LIKE a monstrous tide, drug addiction continues to spread despite the Duterte administration’s efforts to slay the dreaded “drug monster,” which is one of the top enemies of the country.

The situation is not helped any by reports, verified and unverified, that a sprinkling of public servants, particularly law enforcers, is allegedly involved in the illegal drug business.

This prompted various quarters, including members of the two-chamber Congress, to offer strategies and initiatives aimed at addressing the drug abuse problem in the country.

Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III has underscored the pressing need to update and modernize the government’s approach to stopping the nefarious operations of illegal drug rings.

Aware of the atrocious connection between illegal drug personalities and rogue policemen, Sotto believes that the government has to take extra steps to better handle the worsening situation.

“Despite the various measures currently in place to curtail this social ill, the war against it has not yet been won,” said the Senate president, who used to head the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB).

That’s why Sotto filed Senate Bill (SB) No. 3 in line with the government’s “continuous search for an effective and efficient means to somehow get us closer to our victory.”

The proposed piece of legislation calls for the creation of a Presidential Drug Enforcement Authority to further strengthen the government’s campaign against the illegal drug menace.

Likewise, SB No. 3 gives the government sharper teeth in its fight against big-time illegal drug peddlers and their cohorts in government uniform.

But now that Senator Sotto has pointed out that there indeed is a need to set up the proposed anti-drugs body, members of Congress have no choice but to hasten the approval of SB No. 3.