Fight vs drugs

January 02, 2019

FORMER Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go has called on the country’s local government units (LGUs) to continue the total war against illegal drugs.

Various quarters said that local government officials would do well to heed the call of Go, who is seeking a seat in the 24-member Senate in this year’s May 13 national and local polls.

“You must maintain the high standards of dignity and process to keep your offices and communities drug-free,” said Go during the recently-concluded First National Anti-Drug Abuse Council (ADAC) performance awards rites.

During the ceremony, which was held at historic Manila Hotel, ADAC cited officials of 241 municipalities, cities and provinces for doing a great job in addressing the drug menace problem.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said the awardees “have excellently performed their duties and responsibilities in complementing the national government’s anti-illegal drug programs and activities.”

DILG Secretary Eduardo Ano, a former chief of staff of the powerful Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), said the awards were based on the results of the nationwide 2017 ADAC Performance Audit conducted by the department.

Citing the country’s local government officials, Go, a certified “Action Man” of the Duterte administration, said: “You are good role models because everyday, you make sure that everyone in your LGU is drug-free.”

As a well-meaning Filipino, we cannot overemphasize the importance of the role of local government authorities, including barangay officials, in transforming Philippines into a drug-free country before the end of the Duterte presidency.

Hopefully, the Chief Executive from Davao City, who assumed the top political post of the land in 2016, succeeds in wiping out the drug menace before he leaves Malacanang at 12 noon on June 30, 2022.

Doubtless, it is a gigantic undertaking in a country still teeming with illegal drugs, but it is not an impossible mission.