WITH his proven track record in fighting illegal drugs, particularly shabu, cocaine and marijuana, S/Supt. Albert Ignatius D. Ferro’s return to the war on drugs is certainly “good news.”
It is time to step up the pressure on the remaining drug personalities, including foreigners involved in the production, importation and trafficking of shabu, as well as their protectors.
Today, with Ferro at the helm of the Philippine National Police-Drug Enforcement Group (PNP-DEG), there should be happy reasons to expect the best in the days, months and years ahead.
Ferro used to head the PNP-Anti-Illegal Drugs Group (AIDG), which was disbanded by PNP chief Director-General Ronald “Bato” M. dela Rosa following the infamous Jee Ick-Joo case.
Dela Rosa disbanded the PNP-AIDG after some of its personnel were involved in the abduction of the South Korean businessman. Jee Ick-Joo was later killed in Camp Crame in Quezon City.
The PNP chief said that he wants Ferro and his men to get more drug personalities, specifically the high-value targets and press on the agency’s supply-reduction program.
Ferro’s expertise and his proven working relationship with his foreign counterparts will play a major role in their effort to have a “maximum dent versus drugs this year,” said Dela Rosa.
Dela Rosa said Ferro’s reputation has built him solid contact with his counterparts from the United States, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and other foreign law enforcement agencies.
Like the hard-hitting PNP chief, we believe that Ferro has concrete plans of action on how to help the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in slaying the dreaded “drug monster.”
As the law enforcement arm of the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), PDEA, headed by Director-General Aaron N. Aquino, leads the government’s nationwide anti-illegal drugs campaign.
Without doubt, a “lean and mean” PNP-DEG and Ferro are out to prove their worth this year.