MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo has contributed nothing significant to the country’s anti-drug campaign, according to Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Chief Aaron Aquino.
This, despite Robredo’s brief appointment as co-chair of the Interagency Committee on Anti-Drugs (ICAD).
“She did not in any way supervise our people down there in the fields,” Aquino said.
“So I guess wala namang nabago o wala namang dapat glaring issues na makikita natin na talagang bumababa ang krimen o bumababa ang accomplishments natin sa drugs,” he added.
Aquino believes that Robredo could have understood the state and the scope of the illegal drug menace in the country if she had met with the different clusters of ICAD before she proceeded to establishing international connections such as with the US Embassy and the United Nations officials.
Aquino said, the Vice President only met with the enforcement cluster during her stay in ICAD.
“Should she met the four clusters, mas magiging malaki ang kaniyang scope of knowledge kung ano ang drug situation ng Pilipinas,“ Aquino noted.
“And maybe after meeting the four clusters, sana kung mayroon man siyang ma-i-implement na program or strategy to strengthen the ICAD, sana nagawa,” the PDEA Director General said.
Robredo’s camp, meanwhile, advised her critics to wait for the release of her recommendations and her own report on the status of the drug situation in the country.
“She’ll deliver (her) report soon. I suggest we just wait for that,” her spokesman. Atty. Barry Gutierrez said.
President Rodrigo Duterte sacked Robredo as the anti-drug czar for her ‘missteps’ in handling her position. The PDEA together with the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) is now working on the creation of an official database of drug pushers and user in the country which is expected to be released in 2020. MNP (with details from Rosalie Coz)
The Quezon City government approved an ordinance that will ban single-use plastic effective January 1, 2020.
According to the Quezon City government single-use plastics and other disposable materials will no longer be allowed in establishments in Quezon City such as in hotels, restaurants and other business establishments.
Chariman of the Committee on Parks and Environment in Quezon City, Hon. Dorothy Delarmente said hotels will no longer be allowed to distribute shampoo and soaps inside plastic sachets and single-use containers.
“Regardless how it was made or manufactured for as long as its purpose for single-use it is covered by the ordinance,” she said.
Establishments that will violate the said ordinance will face the following penalties:
1st Offense P1,000 Penalty 2nd Offense P3,000 Penalty 3rd Offense P5,000 Penalty + Revocation of Business Permit and Closure Order
Meanwhile, Malacañang hopes that other local governments will follow Quezon City’s ordinance on the single-use plastic ban.
“I suppose all local government would follow suit, since the president has already made a stand on that,” according to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.—AAC (with reports from Dante Amento and Rosalie Coz)
MANILA, Philippines – Authorities have had enough of the illegal drug menace in the Philippines.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) and other law enforcement agencies are again pushing for the revival of death penalty as drug syndicates seem to have grown even fearless of the country’s law against illegal drugs.
The PNP Drug Enforcement Group recently seized P2-billion worth or 371 packets 1 shabu in Makati City.
Another drug buy bust operation in Las Piñas City yielded at least 17 kilograms of suspected shabu.
PDEG Commander Romeo Caramat Jr. said the Chinese national arrested in Makati on Wednesday (November 27) identified as Liu Shao allegedly served as warehouse-keeper of drug syndicates in the Philippines while those two suspects arrested in Las Piñas were his courier, in addition to two others arrested on November 6.
“If you will ask me kung nasaktan ang drug syndicate sa pagkakahuli kay Liu Shao, definitely kasi it will take time para makahanap muli ng isang trusted man na bodegero, (If you will ask me if drug syndicates were impacted by the arrest of Liu Shao, well definitely, because it will take them time to look for another trusted keeper of their warehouses),” Caramat said.
Because drug syndicates appear to be unfazed, the PNP together with the Philippines Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) calls on lawmakers to expedite the reinstatement of drug penalty.
DDB Chairperson Secretary Catalino Cuy said he favors the imposition of death penalty for drug trafficking while PDEA Deputy Director Gen. Gregorio Pimentel noted that drug personalities do not stop even after they leave detention. So, for their operations to end, death penalty is needed.
“Everybody ends up in New Bilibid Prisons. Doon nai-enhance pa nila ang organized network nila to traffic illegal drugs (Inside (NBP), they are enhancing their organized network to traffic illegal drugs,)” Pimentel said.
“So we give them a chance to reunite and reconnect with other drug personalities and if they get out that will be a bigger problem so I am in favor for the death penalty,” he added.
PNP OIC Police Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa, meanwhile, argued that drug suspects themselves confess that the reason why they do business in the Philippines is because of the absence of death penalty.
“Coming from the accused and the suspects themselves, based on interrogation, why are you doing this here in the Philippines? Because there’s no death penalty. That’s the simple (reason),” Gamboa noted.
Gamboa confirmed that the illegal drugs seized yesterday was sourced from outside the country.
Through the re-calibrated anti-illegal drugs campaign of the government, Gamboa said they expect to reduce illegal drugs supply in the country and eventually arrest high value targets the soonest.
“(As I always say), let’s go for the high value target. Let’s go for the bigger catches,” Gamboa concluded. MNP (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
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