THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) would do well to strengthen its coordination with international agencies as the government intensifies its campaign against illegal drugs.
This after the discovery and dismantling of clandestine drug laboratories in Ibaan, Batangas and Malabon City in heavily-populated Metropolitan Manila, which is the country’s premier region.
The successful raids on the laboratories led to the arrest of four Chinese nationals and three of their Filipino cohorts.
No less than Surigao del Norte Rep. Robert Ace Barbers, chairman of the House of Representatives’ committee on dangerous drugs, cited PDEA for dismantling the raided shabu laboratories.
Chaired by retired one-star police Gen. Aaron Aquino, who once commanded the regional police office in Central Luzon, PDEA is the law enforcement arm of the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB).
Barbers said the dismantling of the clandestine drug laboratories monuments the national government’s resolve to eradicate illegal drug trafficking and abuse in this graft-prone nation.
Aquino said the arrested Chinese could have links to international drug cartels operating in the Golden Triangle, an untamed region crisscrossing the borders of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar.
Many Filipinos find it hard to understand why foreign drug lords, mostly Chinese, still manage to operate in the Philippines, which is waging a total war against the dreaded “drug monster.”
It is public knowledge that wiping out the illegal drug menace, along with graft and corruption and criminality, is the focus of the six-year administration of crusading President Duterte.
But with hard-hitting Duterte in Malacañang, aided by PDEA, the Philippine National Police and other law enforcement agencies, there should be happy reasons to expect the best in the days ahead.