Go praises continued war on illegal drugs

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SEN. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go praised the Marcos administration for its commitment to continuing the campaign against illegal drugs as it introduced several bills that could help the campaign against illegal substances.

“I thank the Marcos [Jr.] administration for its assurance that the government will continue the campaign against illegal drugs,” he said in a statement in Filipino on Sunday.

The vice chairman of the Senate Public Order and Dangerous Drugs Committee said former President Rodrigo Duterte asked him to continue the war on drugs, as well as the fight against corruption and crime.

“We hope that this campaign will become even stronger under the new administration so that Filipinos can finally enjoy a safe and comfortable life,” he added.

Press secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles said earlier that President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos was confident that the Philippine National Police would continue its fight against illicit drugs and that guidelines would be established on how the administration would approach the problem. Go introduced bills establishing mandatory drug treatment centers nationwide, providing Magna Carta to officers and personnel of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), and free legal assistance to uniformed personnel, and institutionalizing a comprehensive national grassroots sports program.

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As of May 31, the PDEA said 89.79 billion pesos of narcotics had been seized nationwide since the start of the Duterte administration.

The government has arrested 15,271 high-value targets.

Despite these gains, Go advised the government not to rest on its laurels and to step up its campaign against the “ills of society”, such as illicit drugs, crime and corruption.

Under Senate Bill (SB) 428, a drug treatment and rehabilitation center will be established in each province, under the supervision of the Ministry of Health. The center will provide care, treatment and accommodation for drug addicts; improve their physical, psychological and social ability to cope with common problems; and provide aftercare, aftercare and social reintegration services, among others.

“Drug addicts should be treated as victims in desperate need of medical, psychological and spiritual assistance, with the goal of reintegrating into society as healthy and productive citizens,” Go said.

To further bolster the campaign against illegal drugs, the senator also filed SB 419, providing a Magna Carta of benefits to PDEA employees. The measure is intended to recognize the outstanding contributions of PDEA officers and personnel who protect the country even at the risk of their own lives.

If adopted, SB 419 will provide PDEA employees with better employment conditions and career opportunities, appropriate training to improve their knowledge, skills, transparency, respect for human dignity and commitment to service.

Go again emphasized the role of sports in keeping Filipinos, especially young people, away from illegal drugs and other vices.

The senator introduced SB 423 or the draft “Philippine National Games 2022 Act” to ensure a more inclusive system of promoting up-and-coming Filipino athletes.

“It will not only help the country to become one of the sports powerhouses in Asia, but also encourage our young people to stay away from illegal drugs and crime by getting into sports,” he said. .

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