20 Oct City Council Wants Police Back in War on Drugs
The Cagayan de Oro City Council wants police forces back to lead the operations of the Duterte Administration’s War on Drugs to maintain productivity and preserve the gains of the operations for last year.
In an article from Sunstar.com.ph, City Councilor Romeo Calizo, Chairman of the Committee on Police, Fire, and Public Safety, said there have been no drug-related arrests ever since President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to assume leadership in the drug war while allowing the Philippine National Police (PNP) to set aside future plans of operations.
Calizo said that it is alarming that there have been zero arrests since PDEA took the lead in all the drug operations of the government and added that PDEA has little capability to implement the Dangerous Drug Act since it has ever been the duty of the police to do it.
He also noted that barangay officials will have no use in their own drug operations as well as each community’s rehabilitation programs now that police forces are out of the picture.
With that, Calizo, along with the Committee of Health and Sanitation and the Liga ng mga Barangay, is set to conduct a meeting that will produce a resolution to request the Office of the President to rethink its decision and consider bringing back the police in the war on drugs.