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PNP sustains offensive vs. illegal drugs

27 May 2022, 17:32 GMT+10

MANILA-An official of the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday reminded all police commanders to continue the aggressive campaign against illegal drugs amid concerns that anti-illegal drug operations will weaken once President R. Duterte steps down on June 30.

PNP director for operations, Maj. Gen. Valeriano de Leon, said the PNP has developed a new strategy to prevent illegal drug syndicates from having the opportunity to continue their illegal operations.

De Leon said the aggressive operations and law enforcement would be backed by an equally aggressive information drive and education campaign aimed at students, who are often the target customers of illegal drug syndicates.

The new policy, de Leon said, focuses on rehabilitation and reintegration for drug dependents. Some groups and individuals have expressed concern in recent days about the future of the war on drugs as the end of President Duterte's administration approaches.

"The new President surely appreciated what President Duterte had started and I am very certain, dahil alam din ng Pangulong Marcos, ang ill effects nito (because President Marcos Jr. knows the ill-effects of illegal drugs). He will sustain the gains. He will even strengthen it at lalo pa tayong supportahan sa kampanya laban sa droga (he will even support us in our campaign against illegal drugs)," he added.

Since July 2016, the crime rate across the country has significantly decreased because of the aggressive campaign against illegal drugs.

De Leon said this trend of peace and order must continue, especially because the national government wishes to concentrate more on the recovery from the negative impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. (PNA)

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