PRRD assigns PDEA as sole agency to conduct anti-drug ops
by UNTV | Posted on Wednesday, October 11th, 2017
MANILA, Philippines — Based on the memorandum order signed by the president on October 10, all law enforcement agencies like the Philippine National Police (PNP), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Bureau of Customs (BOC) and even the ad hoc task force will leave to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) the conduct of all anti-illegal drugs operations in the country.
This means that only PDEA will handle the herculean task of executing the government’s anti-drug operations.
The PNP meanwhile, said it is ready to follow the orders of the chief executive.
PNP Spokesperson Police Chief Supt. Dionardo Carlos said that the police will now focus on the eradication of crimes and internal cleansing among their ranks.
Despite this, Carlos noted that they are still ready to provide assistance to PDEA when needed.
Meanwhile, PDEA admitted that the directive might have a negative implication on existing drug operations the agency is conducting with the PNP.
“Well because combined forces with the PNP on the conduct of illegal drugs would result in bigger accomplishments. The number of operations being conducted is twice as many, but of course, if we’re the only ones conducting it, it will decrease in terms of figures, the number of operations conducted,” said PDEA Gen. Aaron Aquino.
Aquino has said in an interview on the program Get It Straight with Daniel Razon, that PDEA lacks manpower and that they only have more than 1,000 agents.
He added that in a successful drug operation, 60% was the work of the PNP while the 40% was because of PDEA.
The PDEA chief also admitted that until now, the agency could still not stand alone on itself.
“So as of the moment DG, you still can’t perform your mandate that you should be the lead agency when it comes to the war on illegal drugs? You can’t take over it?” asked host, Daniel Razon.
“We admit we still can’t,” said Aquino.
“So you will just let the PNP now lead the young war against drugs. Is that it?” asked Razon.
“We will lead the war on illegal drugs but our support is needed by the PNP and all other law enforcement agencies. PDEA alone, we can’t to it,” said Aquino.
Although the task is difficult, PDEA assured that it will follow the directives of the president and promises to do all it can to fight against illegal drugs.
The agency is just hoping to receive additional fund allocation so they could hire more agents and new equipment in order for them to intensify their operations. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue
Quezon City Police District (QCPD) director PSSupt. Guillermo Eleazar
MANILA, Philippines — Quezon City Police District (QCPD) director PSSupt. Guillermo Eleazar belied allegations in a viral video that showed children being kidnapped in Quezon City and their internal organs being taken.
The said video is now circulating on social media.
Eleazar said that the police cannot consider it as valid information since it has not received any reports about it.
The police official advised netizens to stop sharing such videos on social media since it only causes fear and panic among the public.
“Lahat ng mga report na yun in so far are we concerned are fake news. Ang iba kasi sabi, ‘Concerned kami kaya gusto namin i-share.’ Ang shini-share nila ay takot. Hindi yung information, which is wrong,” Eleazar said.
(All those reports, in so far are we concerned, are fake news. Others are saying they are just concerned that’s why they are sharing it. But what they are sharing is fear, not the information. This is wrong.) — UNTV News & Rescue
Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Deputy Administrator Arnel Ignacio admitted in the program Get It Straight with Daniel Razon that the agency is undermanned.
MANILA, Philippines — Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Deputy Administrator Arnell Ignacio admitted on the talk show Get It Straight with Daniel Razon, that the agency is undermanned.
He said currently, they only have 120 people deployed outside the country and they need 500 more personnel.
Ignacio admitted that there had been times when they had to borrow personnel from other agencies.
Since they are understaffed, the quality of service given to OFWs suffers.
The deputy administrator said that in Riyadh, an OWWA employee has to review contracts that can reach up to 900 a day; increasing the risk of making errors due to fatigue.
He asked OFWs to understand their situation and assured that they are doing all they can to address these problems.
Ignacio also has a reminder to Filipino migrant workers.
“Kapag ang iyong papeles o qualification ay kulang at sasabihin sayo ng sinomang kausap mo dyan na ‘Aayusin natin o kami na ang bahala’, tumanggi ka na. Nagsimula ka ng mali tapos aasahan mo na magiging tama along the way? Common sense, mas malamang mamalasin ka,” said the deputy administrator.
(If your documents or qualifications are insufficient and your contact says, ‘We’ll take care of it’, refuse it them right away. You begin your application the wrong way and you expect it to correct itself along the way? It’s common sense: you are more likely get in trouble.)
Among the problems encountered by OFWs is the possession of fake documents given by illegal recruiters; not being able to go home due to lack of exit visas; and being victimized by abusive employers.
Ignacio also created a Facebook page where OFWs can easily reach them and report their problems.
They just need to search for DA Arnell Ignacio OFW to speak directly to OWWA personnel.
“This is their mode of communication. Bakit ka mag-iimbento ng bago kung sila ay magaling sa plataporma na ‘to? Kaya nga, ngayon kapag nagpapadala sila dyan, ang bilis-bilis,” said Ignacio.
(This is their mode of communication. Why do we have to invent a new one if they are already adept with this platform? So this time, when they send their concerns, response is very quick.)
Meanwhile, OWWA will give 5,000 financial assistance to active OWWA members and 2,500 for inactive members who are affected by the deployment ban.
It is expected that the ban will be lifted soon. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue
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