FORMER President Rodrigo Duterte and his allies are urging President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to continue the war on drugs and criminality.
Duterte’s party, the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino Lakas ng Bayan (PDP Laban) passed a resolution during its national assembly and 40th anniversary asking the present administration to intensify its fight against illegal drugs and criminality.
The PDP expressed fear that criminals and drug syndicates are again returning in the streets victimizing innocent people.
Newly-elected PDP Laban President, Palawan Rep. Jose “Pepito” Alvarez led the appeal to Marcos to sustain the gains of the Duterte Administration and ensure that the drug syndicates will not return to wreak havoc in our country.”
The PDP Laban firmly believed “in the incessant need to rid our homes, our communities, and our society of criminality caused largely by illegal drugs.”
“Napalakalaki ng naging tagumpay ng Duterte Administration laban sa kriminalidad at iligal na droga. Dapat ito ay mas palakasin ng Marcos Administration,” he added.
In the resolution, the PDP Laban said that former President Duterte’s war against drugs “has accomplished a lot against the social menace of drug addiction in the country,” citing it “has greatly reduced the number of illegal drugs in the country due to the dismantling of shabu laboratories that proliferated for a number of years.”
The PDP Laban resolution also said that from July 2016 to April 2022, a total of 1,156 drug dens and 19 clandestine shabu laboratories were dismantled while a total of 15,096 high-value targets (HVTs) nationwide were arrested based on the accomplishment report of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
It also noted that a total of PHP89.29 billion worth of narcotics across the country were seized while 25,061 out of the 42,045 villages have been declared as drug-cleared communities.
PDP Laban also assured Marcos that the campaign on illegal drugs will no longer be harder to continue as the Philippine National Police (PNP) already developed a database known as the PNP Drug-Related Data Integration Generation System (DRDIGS).
The PNP DRDIGS is a digital library of all the information, intelligence reports, and other necessary details of the PNP’s campaign against illegal drugs across the country.