Palace sup­ports conversion of re­hab cen­ter into anti-drug en­force­ment academy

Business World - - THENATION - Rose­marie A. Zamora

MALACAÑANG HAS ex­pressed sup­port to the pro­posal of con­vert­ing the Mega Drug Treat­ment and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­ter in­side Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija into an an­tidrug en­force­ment academy for var­i­ous agen­cies. “We wel­come the sug­ges­tion of Se­na­tor Vi­cente Sotto III on the mega drug re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and treat­ment cen­ter,” Pres­i­den­tial Spokesper­son Harry L. Roque, Jr. said in a state­ment yes­ter­day. Mr. Sotto said on Wed­nes­day that the fa­cil­ity, which has barely been used for its pur­pose, should also be uti­lized as a learn­ing cen­ter for of­fi­cers of the Philip­pine Drug En­force­ment Agency, Bureau of Cus­toms, Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice, Bureau of Im­mi­gra­tion, and the Na­tional Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion. Re­tired mil­i­tary chief Dion­i­sio R. San­ti­ago, who was ap­pointed to lead the Dan­ger­ous Drugs Board in July, re­signed on Mon­day after Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo R. Duterte took of­fense on his state­ment that the 10,000-bed re­hab cen­ter was a mis­take and a waste of money. The fa­cil­ity was built in 2016 through fund­ing from Chi­nese real es­tate bil­lion­aire Huang Ru­lun. —

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