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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
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) said it does not want all its efforts in the war on drugs to be put to waste, especially the actions it enforced to address the proliferation of the selling and use of shabu in the streets.
The PNP claims to have given huge contributions to prevent the spread of illegal drugs in the country.
This is why PNP chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa noted that if more cops get involved in illegal drug trade activities, and the number of crime increases, he will personally ask the president to allow the police to return to the drug war.
“If the situation worsens, like when peddling of shabu returns to the streets, and the transactions for such become more open, and no one is intervening anymore, I will go to the president and ask him to allow us to return to the scene. Let’s not neglect the country, and allow the Philippines to become pitiful,” said Dela Rosa.
However, the PNP chief noted that that the loss of lives will remain inevitable if cops are allowed again to conduct illegal drugs operations.
The police general emphasized this would only happen when the lives of his men are put at risk during such anti-drug raids.
“Don’t ask change from us. Ask that from the drug personalities. If you don’t want the war on drugs to be violent, to be bloody, then tell them to stop selling drugs. Stop fighting back against the police,” said the PNP chief.
Dela Rosa, meanwhile, clarified that the PNP is confident of the ability of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to address the illegal drug trade.
This is why the PNP chief said that his men are on standby in case PDEA calls for help.
“If they ask for support, we will give them. If not, then we are hands-off,” said Dela Rosa. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue
MANILA, Philippines — The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) plans to send a letter to President Rodrigo Duterte about his decision to assign the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) as the sole agency to lead the country’s war on drugs.
The VACC is worried that PDEA cannot handle such a huge obligation especially since it has only more than a thousand agents across the country.
“Well, that is only effective in the NCR or Metro Manila. But in terms of the whole of Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao, the scope of such is our worry that’s why we want to discuss the matter with him,” said VACC spokesperson Atty. Boy Evangelista.
But for one of the critics of the government’s drug war, the decision of the president to assign the campaign to PDEA alone is a good one especially since it is the main function of the said agency.
“There has been a lot of positive statement from different officials of the government that they will address the gaps in terms of logistics and in terms of budget for the PDEA,” said Commission on Human Rights (CHR) spokesperson Atty. Jackie de Guia.
Meanwhile, PDEA assured the legitimacy of all the anti-drug operations it will conduct.
“Everything we will open, everything we will hold, the media should be there so no one will complain. And that’s what the president himself said, isn’t it? That all members of the media are invited to go with us. To go with the operation of the PNP and PDEA,” said PDEA chief Dir. Gen. Aaron Aquino. — Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue
MANILA, Philippines — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) expressed full support to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), which has been designated as the sole agency in leading the government’s war on drugs.
According to the AFP, they can provide assistance in terms of the security for PDEA agents who will conduct anti-illegal drug operations.
The AFP said this is if PDEA will seek help from them.
According to AFP Public Affairs Office chief Col. Edgard Arevalo, the military can assist PDEA agents during anti-illegal drugs operations especially in areas with presence of organized drug syndicates or rebels.
“If PDEA itself will ask for assistance, and as them being the lead agency, then we are willing to give our help because we just have a single objective: to neutralize this illegal drug syndicate and illegal drug operations,” said Arevalo.
Arevalo clarified that the AFP is not mandated to join any drug operations. However, it can assist in the protection of operatives, like in the provinces, of drug operating units such as PDEA, PNP, and NBI.
“Ever since, ang (the) AFP naman ay hindi nagka conduct ng (does not conduct) anti-illegal drug operations per se as a rule unless ayon sa pangangailangn ng ( according to the needs of) PDEA, PNP at (and) NBI ay kailangang tutulong tayo (we need to help),” said the official. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue
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