Tuesday, October 24, 2017

P3.5 -M drugs seized by PDEA in their first 12 days of leading the drug war

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Manila, Philippines - Twelve days after President Rodrigo Duterte assigned the war on drugs to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), a significant accomplishment has been recorded.

From October 11 to 22, 2017, PDEA conducted a total of 210 anti-drugs operations.

The operations of PDEA from the mentioned period also resulted to arrest of 79 drug personalities, wherein 21 of them were high-value targets, and the confiscation of dangerous drugs worth of P3, 574, 385.78.

“Out of the confiscated drug evidence, 677.72 grams are methamphetamine hydrochloride, or shabu, with an estimated market value of P3,388,600, and 1,857.99 grams are dried marijuana leaves worth PHP185,785.78, “PDEA Director General Aaron N. Aquino said in a statement.

According to Aquino, PDEA is well-aware of the challenges posed by the atrociousness of the country’s drug problem in the implementation of Republic Act 9165, also known as Comprehensive Dangerous Act of 2002.

“Though undermanned, underequipped and inadequately funded, PDEA will deliver tangible results, even more than is expected of us,” says the PDEA Director, noting the assurance that it will be less bloody and will adhere to the rule of law In performing the task.

“From body-worn cameras to accompanying media presence, these would ensure a culture of transparency in our day-to-day operations in the streets,” he said.

“The obvious lack of personnel is indeed a point of concern since our presence is only on the regional level and with some skeletal provincial offices. But we will closely link up with the barangays for the continuation of the barangay drug-clearing program,” Aquino also added.

Due to lack of agents, PDEA has already announced earlier that the agency is in need of 373 highly qualified professionals.

Vacant positions is published in the agency’s official website.

Source: PNA