BORONGAN CITY, November 25, 2017–The Philippine National Police is ready to take the lead again in the campaign against illegal drugs if President Rodrigo Duterte decides to transfer the reins from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency or PDEA.
This was the statement of PNP Region 8 chief Chief Superintendent Gilberto Cruz after reports came out that President Duterte is considering the PNP to once again be in charge of the government’s anti drug operations if the PDEA fails to curb the illegal drug problem.
Cruz said that the PNP has the manpower, equipment and other resources needed to effectively implement the campaign.
Chief Supt Cruz visited Eastern Samar to inspect the operational readiness of police stations and to meet the officers of the provincial police office and chiefs of police of the 24 line stations.
He said that with anti drug operations out of their jurisdiction, they are focused on ensuring the peace and security in the communities.
The police are paying particular attention to the government’s campaign against illegal logging, illegal fishing and gambling.
In region 8, Cruz said that “there has been a significant reduction of criminal activities. There are even days when no crimes are recorded”.
In Eastern Samar, thousands of drug users surrendered to authorities under Oplan Tokhang. From July until September this year 79 suspected drug users were arrested in 77 anti-drug operations. (Eden Cidro/Este News)