Albayalde still has Duterte’s trust despite drug recycling controversy – Palace

Marje Pelayo   •   September 26, 2019   •   260

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (R) and National Police chief Director General Oscar Albayalde (L) review honor guards during the 117th Philippine National Police (PNP) police service anniversary in Quezon City, Philippines, 08 August 2018. EPA-EFE/STR

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte maintains his trust on Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Oscar Albayalde despite allegations of involvement in illegal drug recycling controversy.

“Until such time as the President says otherwise, he remains in full trust and confidence of the commander-in-chief,” Palace spokesperson Salvador Panelo said, referring to Albayalde, in a briefing following the Chief Executive’s meeting with the PNP chief and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Aaron Aquino.

This was the Palace’s response to controversies hounding the police official on his alleged links with policemen who recycle confiscated illegal drugs from drug suspects.

According to Panelo, Albayalde already reported to the President that the alleged syndicate of ninja cops was already disbanded during the time of former PNP Chief and now Senator Ronald Dela Rosa.

What remained, Panelo said, were only police scalawags involved in corruptions and various operations involving illegal drugs.

“Ang difference daw is iyong ninja cops was a syndicate (The difference was the ninja cops were part of a syndicate),” Panelo said.

“Kumbaga talagang may conspiracy, may mga link ang bawat isa. Pero itong mga police scalawags, kaniya-kaniya… kaniya-kaniyang kita (They said there was a conspiracy going on. They have established links. But these police scalawags are working individually),” he added.

Malacañang maintains that the ongoing internal cleansing among the ranks of the PNP, as well as the Duterte Administration’s anti-drug war, remains effective.

Proof to this are the arrests made on 124 police scalawags in entrapment operations.

Meanwhile, Panelo said, it is still up to the President to decide on whether or not to divulge the names of PNP personnel allegedly involved in illegal drugs operations. — MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

ICAD launches centralized info system for anti-drugs campaign

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 12, 2019

First ICAD meeting with its new co-chair Vice President Leni Robredo

The Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) has launched the Anti-Illegal Drugs Information System (AIDIS) for the administration’s illegal drug campaign.

The Anti-Illegal Drugs Information System (AIDIS) is a web-based centralized information system that will store relevant information and figures on the illegal drugs problem from the different drug agencies.

The DILG said AIDIS contains graphs, charts, and other visual representations on other aspects of the anti-drug campaign, in the form of 6 dashboards: drug affectation, juvenile, offenders, operations, rehabilitation, and surrenderers.

In a statement, DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año said the AIDIS generate reliable data that we can use to map out our strategies and plans to further boost our anti-illegal drugs drive.

“AIDIS will help us tell the real story on how the government through its different drug enforcement agencies is really faring in the anti-illegal drugs drive,” he said.

Año said the system will only be accessible to authorized users from the various agencies involved in the anti-illegal drugs campaign, which includes the DILG, Department of Health (DOH), Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Philippine National Police (PNP), and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).—AAC

Lacson to discuss anti-drug campaign with Robredo

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 7, 2019

Senator Panfilo Lacson (R) and Vice President Leni Robredo (L)

Senator Panfilo Lacson said he will meet with Vice President Leni Robredo to discuss about the anti-illegal drug campaign.

Lacson previously said he is willing to share whatever modest law enforcement experience he gained in his previous life.

He announced they are currently fixing the schedule of the meeting.

READ: Pangilinan asks public to support Robredo as she takes on drug war challenge

“We are fixing our schedule to sit down. I am grateful and humbled by her gesture. More than that, it shows her sincerity and seriousness in tackling her new task,” he said.

Robredo accepted the offer to become the drug czar on Wednesday (November 6) after President Rodrigo Duterte designated her as co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) in a memorandum signed on October 31, days after Robredo stated in an interview that the administration’s drug war has been ineffective.—AAC (with reports from Nel Maribojoc)

ICAD’s Aquino expresses support for Co-Chair Robredo, admits feeling ‘awkward’

Marje Pelayo   •   November 7, 2019

PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino (R) and Vice President Leni Robredo (L)

MANILA, Philippines – Members of the Inter-Agency Council on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) have signified their support for the agency’s co-chairperson Vice President Leni Robredo.

Dangerous Drugs Board Chair Catalino Cuy said they expect that Robredo will contribute improvements to the administration’s campaign against illegal drugs and is confident that the system will be free of any political motives.

“ The war on drugs is black and white. It has no political color. The success of anyone is our success,” Cuy said.

“Iyan ang target natin kaya nga ‘whole of nation’ approach dito. We welcome lahat ng sector, how much more the VP? The more na kailangan din natin ng kanyang view,” he added.

(TRANSLATION: That is our target, that’s why it is a “whole of nation” approach. We welcome all sectors, how much more the VP? We need her views all the more.)

Aside from DDB, other agencies who expressed support for Robredo were the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Philippine National Police (PNP).

“Ang partisipasyon ng Vice President ay napakalaking bagay. Dala niya ang kanyang opisina (The Vice President’s participation is a big contribution. She carries with her the) office of the vice president,” said PNP Spokesman PBGen. Bernard Banac.

“Siya mismo ay magiging isa sa mga inspirasyon natin at ang ating kampanya laban sa ilegal na droga ay magiging matagumpay (She herself will be among our inspirations and our campaign against illegal drugs will be a success),” he added.

ICAD is comprised of four clusters – the enforcement cluster, the justice cluster, advocacy cluster, and the rehabilitation and reintegration cluster.

Cuy said they cannot identify exactly what the role of the Vice President will be as the drug czar since they are still waiting for a schedule to meet with her.

But the official said, whichever of the four clusters Robredo wishes to focus on, she definitely has their support.

“The DDB will be willing to give the full assistance and support to the Vice President,” Cuy said.

“We are willing to give briefing for her of the anti-drug strategy being implemented,” he added.

Meanwhile, PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino expressed his full support for Robredo though he admits that it would feel different working with the Vice President.

 “The help of Vice President Robredo is very much appreciated especially in terms of harm and demand reduction efforts. We are ready to assist the Vice President in her new task. After all, the objective is the same — to eliminate the drug problem in our country.” he said.

“While this is a welcome development for the illegal drug campaign, personally I cannot help but feel somehow awkward to have the second-highest elected official of the country as my co-chairman,” he added.

For now, the DDB and PDEA are waiting for a call from Robredo to be able to start the discussion on her roles inside the agency. MNP (with details from Lea Ylagan)

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