PIA Press Release
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Solon urges anti-drug operatives to work harderTABUK CITY, Kalinga, Jan. 19 (PIA) -- Kalinga Representative Manuel Agyao urged those involved in anti-illegal drugs campaign to take the extra mile with the government now focused in ridding the country of the drug menace which has put the Philippines in a bad light.
He said the country in recent years has become a source of illegal drug, a problem that has to be attended to rid Filipino citizens from becoming drug couriers and users.
The situation has also tarnished the image of the country with hundreds of Filipino drug couriers languishing in foreign jails and some lives have also been wasted.
Agyao said Congress has increased the budget of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in the 2012 general appropriations act (GAA) to boost government’s fight against illegal drugs, drug syndicates and trafficking, and for education campaign.
Drug agents are also expected to increase. “With the budget increase, we expect that personnel of PDEA also increase especially here in Kalinga,” he said.
"Agyao asked Kalinga Police Force how far they have gone in their campaign against illegal-drugs being marketed in the province. “We have information that Pinukpuk is now penetrated by pushers,” he said.
P/Supt. Lavis Camdas, Chief Operations Officer of the Kalinga Police Provincial Office said they are validating the information in order to buld a strong case against those involved. (PAB/PIA-CAR,Kalinga)