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Climaco supports PNP’s return to war on drugs

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Mayor Beng Climaco welcomed President Duterte’s memorandum order instructing the Philippine National Police (PNP) to return to his administrations war on illegal drugs with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) as the lead implementer.

“It is just but a rightful decision of the President, knowing that PDEA is undermanned and lacks of logistical requirements to wage war on illegal drugs,” Climaco said on “Dateline Teleradyo” over TV11 yesterday morning.

She recalled that at one time the PDEA agents here had sought logistical assistance from the city government, unfortunately the local government units could only assist agencies under the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) like the jail and fire departments.

“PDEA is not within our capacity even as the city government has its own drug abuse prevention funds,” she said. “We welcome the decision of Malacanang for the police to return to the war on drugs under the supervision of PDEA.

The chief executive meanwhile has reiterated his appeal to all barangay officials to get involved in the relentless fight against the drug menace in their communities.

“Report to the police those involved in the drug trade,” Climaco instructed the barangay officials.

Pres. Duterte signed the memorandum during the military-police command conference in Malacañang Tuesday afternoon last week.

In the said memorandum, Duterte recognized the “significant strides” made by the PDEA as it led the drug war, noting that “only one drug suspect was killed in the course of its anti-illegal drugs operations.”

The President ultimately decided the PDEA alone could not do the jobn due to “lack of resources, specifically agents and operatives who can penetrate drug-infected areas down to the municipal and barangay levels.”

The President also claimed there was “notable resurgence in illegal drugs activities” and related crimes sine PDEA becase the sole drug war implementing agency.-(Vic Larato)




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