Region-9’s top drug suspects go missing PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 23 June 2016 13:29

By R.G. ANTONET GO

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-9 (PDEA-9) has revealed that some drug suspects in the region have gone missing about 10 days before the administration of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte will take over and officially wage a nationwide “war” against drugs.

Joseph Ladip, PDEA 9 regional director, said in an interview that there are reports that “drug players” in certain areas in the region cannot be located.

One of the reasons is the pronouncement of Duterte that he will wage an all-out campaign against illegal drugs  and will order law enforcers to kill hardcore drug pushers and traffickers if they will resist arrest.

“This is the message for them, wherever they are, the long hands of the law will be after them...Tandaan nila hindi lang sa Zamboanga may pulis at PDEA. Kahit sa Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao may pulis, PDEA, may NBI maraming maghahabol sa kanila.” Ladip said.

The PDEA official stressed, “walang drug personality na nagtatagal... lahat naaresto... in some cases kagaya ng report sa national may death toll. Kapag na-involve kayo sa drugs either makulong ka or ang destination mo sa libingan.”

Aside from these, at this time, communication is fast and sharing of information among law enforcement agencies is very strong and active.

On the list of target personalities, he said that everytime there will be a change in government, they are preparing in terms of information to hand over to the incoming director general.

Two weeks ago, a national intelligence workshop geared towards consolidating illegal drug information all over the country was conducted where the 18 region offices  of PDEA presented.

“May obligasyon kami to submit to the national office a list from watch list, priority, target individuals, and those with warrant of arrest. Two weeks ago natapos na namin yan sinubmit na namin yan sa national office,” Ladip said.

He said this is the product of the collaboration among the law enforcement agencies on a regional level.

The consolidated report will be handled by the current Director General Undersecretary Arturo G. Cacdac Jr. to the incoming Director General Isidro Lapeña.

On voluntary surrender, he said that these pushers must face the consequence.

“May pananagutan sila for several years namayagpag sila, kumita sila, marami silang naapektohan ganon na lang yun? Dahil natakot ka ngayon gusto mo ng sumurender? yumaman ka na, marami ka ng pamilyang nasira, marami ka ng kabataan naapektohan, ganon lang ba ka simple yun? Huwag tayong magbolahan sa ganito you face the consequence of your act.”

The move of Duterte, according to Ladip, is good as the president himself is in the front line. “Malaki ang magiging effect nito sa outcome ng anti drug and criminality drive kasi mismong presidente ang nangunguna ng giyera.”

On the curbing of illegal drugs, the PDEA regional director believes that it can be done. “I’m a believer pag sinabing 3 to 6 months we have to do it. If the president believes in that we should also believe in that. Yan ang magiging legacy natin sa ating mga kababayan.”

“This can also be done with everybody’s help — the community and the law enforcement agencies,” Ladip said. “With this, it will be in a better fighting chance to address and to suppress drug problem.

He also assured that the office is always ready to conduct operation 24  hours a day seven days a week. — R.G. A A. Go