VACC doubts capability of PDEA to eliminate illegal drug problems in the country
The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) plans to send a letter to President Rodrigo Duterte about his decision to assign the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) as the sole agency to lead the country’s war on drugs.
The VACC is worried that PDEA cannot handle such a huge obligation especially since it has only more than a thousand agents across the country.
“Well, that is only effective in the NCR or Metro Manila. But in terms of the whole of Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao, the scope of such is our worry that’s why we want to discuss the matter with him,” said VACC spokesperson Atty. Boy Evangelista.
But for one of the critics of the government’s drug war, the decision of the president to assign the campaign to PDEA alone is a good one especially since it is the main function of the said agency.
“There has been a lot of positive statement from different officials of the government that they will address the gaps in terms of logistics and in terms of budget for the PDEA,” said Commission on Human Rights (CHR) spokesperson Atty. Jackie de Guia.
Meanwhile, PDEA assured the legitimacy of all the anti-drug operations it will conduct.
“Everything we will open, everything we will hold, the media should be there so no one will complain. And that’s what the president himself said, isn’t it? That all members of the media are invited to go with us. To go with the operation of the PNP and PDEA,” said PDEA chief Dir. Gen. Aaron Aquino. — Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue
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