THE Philippines and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) have formed an alliance that seeks to stamp out drug trafficking and abuse in both countries.
Given the urgent need to slay the dreaded “drug monster,” the move is ample proof that the anti-illegal drug campaign enjoys public support in Manila and Beijing.
Note that Chinese drug syndicates dominate the highly-profitable but illegal drug business in this impoverished Southeast Asian country. They are responsible for the manufacture of shabu in the Philippines.
It is no surprise, therefore, that the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), the law enforcement arm of the Dangerous Drugs Board, and China’s Narcotics Control Bureau formed the alliance last week.
PDEA chief Isidro S. Lapeña and his Chinese counterpart, Director-General Hu Minglong, inked the protocol on cooperation in Beijing during the meeting between President Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jingping.
Like Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Lapeña, a native of Urdaneta City, Pangasinan, is a member of Class 1973 of the elite Philippine Military Academy (PMA).
Under the protocol, which will be effective for five years, the two countries agreed to establish and maintain cooperation involving information and data exchange on drug crimes.
“Recognizing that the drug menace is a lingering problem that is transnational in character and global in scope, the Philippines and PRC have vowed to work together to liberate their territories from the bondage of illegal drugs,” said Lapeña.
In addition, the two parties have come to terms in determining specific measures for cooperation by frequent consultation.
Certainly, PDEA deserves the support of the people, including the ordinary citizens across the country, as it exerts its best efforts to address the illegal drug problem.