War on drugs must continue for law and order

November 04, 2018
Martin Romualdez

LAW enforcement agencies should continue their intensified anti-illegal drugs campaign as a component part of overall efforts to further guarantee law and order in the country.

This was stressed by Philippine Constitution Association (Philconsa) President Martin Romualdez in reaffirming his support for the anti-drug campaign of President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte.

"It is true that illegal drug use leads to other crimes. So it is only proper that we focus on neutralizing both the drug trafficking syndicates and street-level pushers to reduce crime incidence, particularly in Metro Manila and other urban centers," said Romualdez, a former House Independent Bloc Leader and three-term Leyte
congressman.

"I support the continued intensified action of the government in suppressing crimes and lawlessness with all the powers at its command because we cannot focus on economic development that will create jobs and reduce poverty with criminals roaming freely in our streets," said Romualdez.

Surigao del Norte Robert Ace Barbers, who chairs the House committee on dangerous drugs, has urged parents to keep an eye on their children after reports that drug syndicates are now using minors, students and younger individuals as drug mules.

“It worries me that these syndicates are trying to outwit Philippine authorities by using students as drug mules, deviating from the usual practice of using domestic helpers,” said Barbers.

“Time and again, we see in the news how drug rings tried to evade arrest by using minors in their affairs. Kaya naman, pinapayuhan natin ang mga magulang na tignang mabuti ang galaw ng kanilang mga anak. Bantayan at subaybayan ang mga gawain ng mga ito para maiwasan ang maging biktima ng mga sindikato o madawit sa anumang kriminal na aktibidad,” said Barbers.

“And at the same time, we want to remind school administrators and teachers that it is also their job to safeguard our children from harm. Nalaman natin na kadalasan, ang mga sindikatong ito ay umaaligid sa mga eskuwelahan. Doon sila nagre-recruit ng mga batang puwede nilang magamit bilang drug courier o runner. Sa mga guro, kung meron tayong mapansin na kakaiba sa kinikilos ng ating mga estudyante, i-report agad o ipaalam sa magulang. Magtulungan po tayo upang tuluyan nating mapuksa ang problema sa droga,” Barbers stressed.