Anti-drug operations

March 18, 2020

DESPITE the month-long enhanced community quarantine in Luzon due to the rapidly-spreading coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the government continues to pursue its anti-narcotics campaign.

Spearheaded by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), the multi-pronged campaign aims to rid the country of illegal drugs, like shabu and marijuana, pushers and drug users.

And people, including  the ordinary citizens, are made to believe that there’s a need to instill fear if we are to succeed in slaying the “drug monster,” which is now the country’s top enemy.

That’s why we pay a glowing tribute to the PDEA, the law enforcement arm of the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), for intensifying its crackdown against illicit drug trafficking and drug abuse.

In fact, PDEA “drug busters,” aided by operatives from the Philippine National Police (PNP), arrested this week 22 known drug personalities in separate operations in the countryside.

The “drug busters” also confiscated an estimated P800,000 worth of shabu, the so-called “poor man’s cocaine,” and marijuana, according to PDEA chair Director-General Aaron N. Aquino.

Aquino, a retired one-star police general, said that 16 of the suspects were arrested in Central Visayas, where the operatives also dismantled two notorious drug dens.

Saturnino I. Alonzo, a barangay official of Alcala, Pangasinan, lauded PDEA and the PNP, headed by Gen. Archie Gamboa, for spearheading the all-out war against the “drug menace.”  

“Saludo ako sa mga taga-PDEA at PNP dahil tuloy-tuloy ang kanilang paghabol sa mga taong sangkot sa illegal drug business sa kabila ng paglaganap ng nakakamatay na COVID-19,” said Alonzo.

Other public servants, particularly barangay authorities, must follow suit and intensify the campaign against habit-forming substances not only in the metropolis but elsewhere.