THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) leadership said they will take the full responsibility on the anti-illegal drugs operations.
PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino, in a press statement, said they will fulfill their mandate, following President Rodrigo Duterte’s issuance of a memorandum, which stated that PDEA shall be the sole agency on war on illegal drugs, despite its lack of manpower.
“Kakayanin (We can do it),” Aquino said. “PDEA will accept the challenge as directed by the President.”
He said they can tap the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) to help them.
ICAD, which was created by Duterte, is headed by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and has 18 other member agencies: Dangerous Drugs Board, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Justice, Department of Health, Department of Education, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Agriculture, Department of National Defense, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, and Philippine Information Agency.
Duterte issued the memorandum on Monday, October 10, nine months after stopping the anti-narcotics operations of the Philippines.
In Central Visayas, PDEA’s office is in Cebu City. It has another office in Bohol.
PDEA-Central Visayas information officer Leia Albiar said they lack manpower, but the handicap is not an excuse for the operatives not catch high value targets, who can dispose of more than 50 grams of shabu per day. (KAL/SunStar Cebu)