House Dangerous Drugs Committee Chairman Rep. Robert Ace Barbers urged law enforcement to remain vigilant against drug-related activity during the election period.
“I urge officials from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Philippine National Police (PNP), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and other government anti-drug agencies not to lower guard in their campaign during the election period,” the representative of the 2nd district of Surigao del Norte said in a press release Wednesday, March 17.
This is because he claims to have received information regarding “drug lords” buying influence from candidates in the upcoming 2022 polls on May 9.
“It is a fact that drug lords befriend and buy the influence of certain politicians and other government officials – from the national to the local level – whom they expect in return to pamper and protect them at the future in exchange for drug money in their campaign kitties,” Barbers added.
According to Barbers, election periods tend to see high levels of drug activity as law enforcement and the military focus more on “peace and order campaigns.” “.
The barbers also added that employees of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and law enforcement units assigned to airports and seaports need to be more vigilant against any attempt to smuggle illegal substances into the country.
On March 15, approximately 11 billion pesos of “shabu” hidden in tea bags were seized by the NBI from 10 suspects in Infanta, Quezon. This is the largest drug bust in Philippine history.
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