PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) Director of Operations MGen. Valeriano de Leon ordered all police chiefs to coordinate with their respective mayors to strengthen the operation against illicit drugs.
In a statement, de Leon said it was to ensure that watertight cases were filed in every anti-illegal drug operation carried out by local police.
“We need to replicate what our Home and Local Government Secretary, Atty. Benjamin ‘Benhur’ Abalos, mentioned about the high conviction rate in Mandaluyong City,” he said.
During the flag-raising ceremony at Camp Crame in Quezon City on Monday, July 11, Abalos said he hired personnel in the city of Mandaluyong whose job it was to participate in anti-drug raids.
He added that it was an effective solution amid the string of cases thrown out due to lapses in driving illegal drugs. These shortcomings include the need to have a witness, particularly in the inventory of illegal drugs seized.
Abalos mentioned the idea after noticing that cases related to illegal drugs had been dismissed due to technicalities.
De Leon said he agreed with Abalos, saying the hard work and sacrifice of police, which sometimes results in injury and even death of officers, would be useless if the cases filed were only dismissed.
“We need the help of LGUs to strengthen our campaign against illegal drugs. If it is effective in Mandaluyong, then it would be effective in other parts of the country,” he said.