TWO years after President Duterte assumed the top political post of the land, the public still fears the dreaded “drug monster,” unleashing killer and knockout punches” against the people.
This only shows that the Duterte administration, which ends at 12 noon on June 30, 2022, inherited an enormous illegal drug problem that threatens to tear this Southeast Asian nation apart.
That’s why there’s that urgent need to revitalize the Philippine National Police-Drug Enforcement Group (PNP-DEG) to make it “a most credible, efficient and effective anti-narcotics unit.”
With an authorized strength of 477 and a monthly budget of only P1.8 million , the men and women in PNP-DEG uniform are outnumbered but never outfought by drug pushers and users.
Established as a “mean but lean” police anti-narcotics unit, the PNP-DEG, now headed by C/Supt. Albert Ignatius D. Ferro, is seen to deliver the goods with untarnished integrity.
The first director of the PNP-DEG, C/Supt. Graciano J. Mijares, is now the director of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Police Regional Office (PRO).
PNP chief Director-General Oscar D. Albayalde has ordered the PNP-DEG to ensure that all its personnel regularly attend to their court duties as prosecution witnesses.
Note that some judges dismiss illegal drug cases filed against suspected drug lords, manufacturers and pushers because of the failure of policemen to attend court hearings.
Since its creation, the DEG has seized over P2.840 billion worth of shabu and other illegal drugs, including shabu and “Ecstasy” tablets, apart from arresting over 140 major drug personalities.
Then PNP chief Director-General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, now BUCOR director, ordered the recruitment of police officers and men with solid integrity and unquestionable background.
We are in for more problems if the people, including the ordinary citizens, fail or refuse to help the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, National Bureau of Investigation, PNP-DEG and local government units in the fight against the drug menace.