WIRETAPPING suspected drug personalities has become even more imperative with the continued proliferation of shabu, marijuana and other habit-forming substances in the country.
Of course, this is not surprising in a country where many local government officials, notably barangay or village executives, are involved in this illegal but highly-lucrative business.
Veteran anti-narcotics operatives admit that they find it very difficult to monitor the activities of members of well-entrenched Chinese, Taiwanese and West African drug syndicates.
These syndicates prefer to use the Philippines as a base for their illicit operations because of the lack of a legislation allowing the authorities to wiretap identified drug lords and traffickers.
No less than the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) described “wiretapping” as an important tool in the fight against the drug menace.
In the United States, reports said that anti-narcotics operatives can get permission from a judge to wiretap a suspect, who is committing or about to commit a serious crime.
Last month, a convicted criminal now serving his sentence at the national penitentiary in Muntinlupa City ordered his cohorts outside to abduct a 38-year-old Chinese in Cabuyao City, Laguna.
The PNP Anti-Kidnapping Group, headed by S/Supt. Glenn G. Dumlao, identified the “brains” behind the kidnapping of Huang Bo Yu as convicted kidnapper Tyrone dela Cruz.
The PNP and the PDEA, headed by Director-General Oscar D. Albayalde and Aaron N. Aquino, respectively, said the government needs a lot of money and manpower to conduct a “wiretap.”
That’s why there’s now that urgent need to beef up the manpower and financial resources of government agencies tasked to address the illegal drug problem in the Philippines.