House body wants anti-drug summit

To ensure a uniform and systematic approach in addressing the problem of illegal drugs, the House of Representatives’ Committee on Dangerous Drugs is coordinating with law enforcement agencies to hold a “drug summit.”

In a statement on Saturday, committee chairman Surigao del Norte 2nd District Rep. Robert Ace Barbers said they are now finalizing a request to agencies concerned in the campaign against illegal drugs to hold a “drug summit” soon.

The request is addressed to the Dangerous Drugs Board, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Philippine National Police (PNP), and National Bureau of Investigation, the lawmaker said.

Barbers noted the last time the Philippines had a drug summit was 15 to 20 years ago, before the passage of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

The law mandates the government to pursue an intensive and unrelenting campaign against the trafficking and use of dangerous drugs and other similar substances through an integrated system of planning, implementation and enforcement of anti-drug abuse policies, programs, and projects.

“We would like to request the inputs of the partner agencies so there would be a uniform, systematic and synergistic approach in addressing the problem of illegal drugs,” Barbers said.

He said the committee has been conducting hearings on the government’s intensified anti-illegal drugs campaign.

Barbers took note that officials of law enforcement agencies briefed the committee about their mandates, operational goals, accomplishments, budgetary requirements, and capability upgrade, among others.

“Rest assured that each of our committee members will always be there to support you. Kakampi ninyo kami. Magkakasama tayo sa giyerang ito. Lahat tayo potential victims ng mga drug addicts at drug pushers,” the lawmaker said.

“We will definitely give you what you need, as much as we can. We will provide you with the necessary tools with respect to laws that we will craft in the future or perhaps amend existing laws. We will also give you budgetary support so we will have enough ammunition against our enemies who are the drug lords,” Barbers said. —John Ted Cordero/ALG, GMA News

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