Boosting anti-drugs war

December 04, 2018

THE House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading a proposed law that aims to boost the government’s campaign against illegal drug trafficking and other crimes.

House Bill (HB) No. 8378 seeks to amend Republic Act (RA) No. 4200, otherwise known as the “Anti-Wiretapping Law,” according to Surigao del Norte Rep. Robert Ace Barbers.

Specifically, the proposed measure expands the coverage of RA No. 4200 to include communication involving organized and syndicated crimes not previously covered in the legislation.

“This is a big boost to the anti-illegal drugs war of President Duterte and his campaign to arrest all forms of criminality,” said Barbers, chair of the House committee on dangerous drugs.

Quezon City Rep. Winston “Winnie” Castelo, on the other hand, said the right to privacy of Filipinos is also protected under HB No. 8378. He is one of the authors of the consolidated measure.

In fact, there must be a lawful order from the court before allowing wiretapping on some cases, according to Castelo, chairman of the House committee on Metro Manila development.

With the continued proliferation of shabu, marijuana and other habit-forming substances across the country, people, particularly parents, should welcome the approval of HB 8378.

Everybody agrees that despite the total war against illegal drugs and criminality, the two problems continue to worry not only government authorities but also other sectors of society.

Hopefully, President Duterte, with the help of the Filipino people, succeeds in addressing the drug menace and criminality before he leaves Malacañang at 12 noon on June 30, 2022.

Certainly, it’s a gigantic undertaking but not an impossible mission.