Senate President Vicente Sotto III said it is best for Robredo to be appointed as the chair of Dangerous Drug Board (DDB) and concurrent Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
“If it’s a serious proposal, it’s best if the VP is appointed as DDB chair and concurrent PDEA Director General,” he said.
Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, meanwhile, said the president’s proposal only shows how serious the administration is in its anti-drug war campaign.
Meanwhile, Senator Panfilo Lacson also said it is possible for Duterte to transfer power to Robredo.
“Only the President can wield sufficient authority and power over our law enforcement officials. Unless he delegates a blanket authority, including the power to hire and fire, no one else in the government bureaucracy can do it better than the chief executive under any other given circumstances,” he said.—AAC (with reports from Nel Maribojoc)
Two men were arrested by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) after they were caught selling illegal drugs in Mandaluyong City on Thursday (February 20).
A member of PDEA posed as a buyer and, after confirming the illegal activity, authorities arrested Mark Kenneth San Juan and Jeffrey Saclao.
Authorities seized 26 syringes of suspected liquid shabu with an estimate of P52,000. They also seized one sachet of suspected shabu worth around P13,600.
According to PDEA Spokesperson Derrick Carreon, the suspects are also selling drugs online based on their social media accounts.
Carreon also said the suspects target the youth using social media. He also warned about the negative effects of using drugs.
“So, maaari po talagang mangyari sa inyo ang mga hindi kanais-nais na mga bagay apart from the fact na it leads to (Bad things can happen to you apart from the fact that it leads to) the spread of several infectious diseases,” he said.
PDEA has taken custody of the two suspects and will face charges for violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. —AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)
The Philippine National Police (PNP) PBGen. Chief Archie Gamboa has announced that 15 cops listed on President Rodrigo Duterte’s narcolist are considering “optional retirement”.
The PNP chief said the “optional retirement” is to ease the process of validating illegal drug involvement of over 300 cops under the narcolist.
“Ang purpose naman natin bakit tayo nago-offer ng optional retirement para hindi na mahirapan ang PNP. Pero once na mag-start na ang proseso, (The purpose of offering optional retirement is to spare the PNP from further hassle. But once we begin the process) then we will not accept any more optional retirements,” Gamboa said.
Gamboa already extended the deadline until Thursday (February 13) for the other policemen on the narcolist to file for optional retirement.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
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