PDEA welcomes return of PNP in war vs illegal drugs

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) welcomes the return of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in anti-drug operations as ordered by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

PDEA Director General Aaron N. Aquino said, “PDEA welcomes the decision of the President. It has been the desire of PDEA that PNP will return in the fight against illegal drugs”.

PDEA admitted that it is undermanned, under-budget and under-equipped and there is a need for other law enforcement agencies particularly the PNP in the fight against illegal drugs.

From the time it was given the sole responsibility in the conduct of anti-drug operations, PDEA conducted a total of 2,161 anti-drug operations from October 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017 that resulted in the arrest of 750 drug personalities and seizure of Php 104.10 million worth of illegal drugs.