Solon seeks delisting of drug-cleared suspects

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — PATROL partylist Rep. Jorge Bustos is seeking for the immediate delisting of names of drug-cleared suspects who remains in the roster of traffickers and users of prohibited drugs to determine how effective the government campaign against the menace of society.

“Kailangan makuha natin ang exact figure on the extent of prohibited drugs problem at para malaman kung gaano ka effective ang ating kampanya laban sa droga,” said Bustos.

Bustos, House Committee vice chair on Dangerous Drugs, said by delisting the names of people who have underwent rehabilitation or have reformed and from there, we will determine the exact numbers of illegal drugs victims and measure the effectiveness of the war on drugs.

“We need to show to the people the results of Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) efforts in eradicating all forms of illegal drugs circulating on the streets,” Bustos added.

Bustos, who was the guest of honor and speaker during the 29th PNP Foundation Day held at the Pampanga Provincial Police Office (PPO), said the number of illegal drugs users and traffickers drastically reduced due to the government program in combatting prohibited drugs.

“I do believed…sa ginawa natin malaki ang nabawas in terms of the numbers of persons directly and indirectly involved in this unlawful activities,” Bustos pointed out as he attributed the accomplishment to the present administration’s war on drugs.

He said the house committee on Dangerous Drugs discussed last week the idea of delisting the  PNP and PDEA rosters of persons who have underwent rehabilitation and have merged back with respective communities.

“The committee will be sending a directive to PNP and PDEA for them to act on it,” Bustos told reporters.

in Central luzon alone, at least two provinces including Aurora and Bataan have been decleared by the Department of Interior and Local Government as drug-free areas.

The clearing of drug-free areas is through stringent measures conducted by concerned government agencies including PDEA, PNP and DILG.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNDOC) records revealed that the prevalence of illegal drugs use in the Philippines is lower than the global average but the country had the highest rate of methamphetamine use in East Asia.

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