- Senator Bongbong Marcos called for more PDEA agents to be fielded to fight the drug menace in the country
- The senator said the 892 PDEA field agents distributed in its 17 regional office is simply not enough
- Marcos vowed to address the drug menace in the country if he wins the vice presidency next year
Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. called for the deployment of additional Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) field operatives to combat the growing drug menace in the country.
The senator said the fielding of more PDEA agents is one the first steps necessary to win the government’s fight against illegal drugs, according to an article published by Daily Tribune on November 4, 2015.
“Unless we have enough warm bodies on the field we cannot hope to gain ground in our fight against illegal drugs,” he said.
He noted that the drug agency has only 892 field operatives distributed in its 17 regional offices across the country, which simply is not enough. He said the government should provide PDEA with adequate support like funds and equipment to enable them to perform their job effectively.
Marcos Jr. vowed to look into the agency’s 2016 proposed budget to find ways of increasing the number of its personnel for its field operations.
He also urged PDEA to improve its reward system to boosts its intelligence-gathering operation against illegal drugs dealers.
Two weeks ago, the senator, who is running for vice president in the coming 2016 elections, expressed alarm over a PDEA’s report submitted to the House of Representatives that stated 92.3 percent of the barangays in Metro Manila are affected by the illegal drug. He, then, urged the law enforcement agencies to focus their efforts in bringing down big-time drug dealers and not the small fries.
“Our law enforcers should target the big fishes, not the small fry. We should also ensure that once arrested, the big time drug lords won’t be able to continue their illegal activities, not unlike the reports we are hearing that drug lords manage to bring in cellphones, tablet computers, and even guns in their cells,” he said.
Marcos promised to address the alarming cases of illegal drugs in the country if he wins the vice presidency next year.