EDITORIAL| Crackdown on illegal drugs

AFTER the 48-hour warning of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for those who are involved in drugs to leave the city, the police released a statement that they are now concentrating their crackdown on 70 priority barangays.

Three of these barangays are considered “severe” which means illegal drugs trade and use have been rampant in these areas. We are familiar with the “Tokhang” and “Katok” which means Kapulisan, Katalingban Kontra Droga” which tried to flush out illegal drugs in highly urbanized barangays with the help of civilian informants from the barangays. But these efforts may not be enough.

Where do these illegal drugs come from and what is done to stop them at the source?

In the Annual Report 2013 of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, it cited new trends in illegal drug activities as well as new ways in illegal drug trafficking into the country. It cited the bust on June 9, 2013 when a Benin national was arrested at NAIA Terminal 1 for attempting to bring illegal drugs to the country by swallowing 60 capusles containing a total of 448.8 grams of shabu.

International drug trafficking organizations have also been identified to have been operating in the country. In the PDEA report, it cited the African Drug Syndicates and Filipino-Chinese Drug Syndicates, a drug syndicate based in Sinaloa, Mexico, the Sinaloa Drug Cartel, as operating in the country.

The city cannot isolate itself from the problem. Even if it succeeds in kicking all drug violators out of the city, what are the chances of them not coming back in the next three years?

Drug abuse is of great concern to everyone. A comprehensive solution to the drugs problem should be a priority, not only in the city but in the region and nationwide, as well. Everyone should be actively involved in ensuring that our children will not become prey to this present-day monster.

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