Director Marcos Jr.’s Multifaceted Approach to Illegal Drugs Takes Flight


President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. during one of his speeches in Davao City on October 27, 2022. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — Under President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the government has created systems to strengthen the country’s environment of peace and order, including suppressing drugs.

On Monday, Nov. 14, Philippine National Police Chief Gen. Rodolfo Azurin Jr. said anti-illegal drug units had confiscated 9.7 billion pesos worth of illegal narcotics since Marcos Jr. took office in July.

During a ceremony at Camp Crame in Quezon City, Azurin said the PNP’s relentless fight against illicit narcotics had led to 18,505 anti-drug operations that yielded more than 9.7 billion pesos worth of illegal drugs and 22 646 arrests.

Forty-six suspects were killed during these operations.

The PNP leader noted that the police are partnering with the religious sector so that at their level they can engage the suspects in the barangays and persuade them to surrender and stop their illegal activities.

Azurin also acknowledged the President’s full support for the PNP’s “more focused holistic approach” to ending illegal drugs and crime, which signifies the government’s commitment to put in place mechanisms to improve the situation. peace and order in the country.

To assure Filipinos around the world that a peaceful society and a greater sense of security can be enjoyed by Filipinos everywhere, Azurin said that the entire PNP remains committed to carrying out government programs against drugs. illegal.

In an interview last month, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) spokesman Derrick Carreon said the Philippines was in a “good place” in terms of dealing with the threat of illegal drugs. , as more parts of the country are now drug free as the government implements a holistic approach.

Of the 42,046 barangays in the country, drug-free barangays now number around 26,093 with only 9,414 drug-affected barangays,” Carreon explained, adding that the PDEA and other agencies responsible for law enforcement are aware of the situation.

The PDEA approach includes key strategies such as demand reduction, rehabilitation and reintegration.

The anti-drug agency also continues to pursue high-profile targets and syndicates as directed by President Marcos.


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