THE government of President Rodrigo “Digong” R. Duterte now enjoys wide support on its highly-successful nationwide campaign against shabu and other illegal drugs.
But there’s that urgent need for the government to rally even the ordinary citizens to the cause of ridding the country of habit-forming substances, pushers and users.
Leading the total war against drug trafficking and abuse are the 160,000-strong Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
Led by Director-General Ronald M. dela Rosa, PNP is the nation’s premier law enforcement agency, while PDEA, chaired by retired Gen. Isidro S. Lapeña, is the law enforcement arm of the Dangerous Drugs Board.
Dela Rosa is a member of Class 1986 of the elite Philippine Military Academy (PMA). Like ex-PNP chief Oscar Calderon, Lapeña, a native of Urdaneta City, Pangasinan, is a member of PMA Class 1973.
Dela Rosa and Lapeña asked the public to help the authorities in locating and dismantling shabu laboratories, mostly operated by foreign nationals, and storage facilities in various parts of the country.
We believe that President Duterte, Dela Rosa and Lapena would never budge from their stand against the drug monster, which is now the country’s public enemy No. 1.
Those involved in the illegal drug business, including government officials and employees, would do well to now abandon their nefarious activities.
And rather than waste their resources and energy in illegal activities, drug lords, manufacturers, pushers and users can instead use them in helping the poor and the needy.
For their part, the people ought to join the government’s all-out war against the drug menace.
This they will do by providing information through “PDEA Operation: Private Eye.”