Rec­om­men­da­tions for PDEA

The Freeman - - OPINION - Atty. Ro­drigo R. Duterte Pres­i­dent, Repub­lic of the Philip­pines

Dear Mr. Pres­i­dent,

The Filipino na­tion can­not ques­tion the wis­dom of your de­ci­sion in or­der­ing that the PDEA shall be the sole agency in the en­force­ment of the anti-drugs law. If your Cab­i­net and all your pres­i­den­tial ad­vis­ers can­not ar­gue with your de­ci­sion, nei­ther will I (taga-Car­bon Law School ko, unya ikaw taga-San Beda). Thus we have to sup­port your de­ci­sion and re­spect­fully make the fol­low­ing sug­ges­tions:

1.) Es­tab­lish PDEA satel­lite academy

Since the cre­ation of PDEA in 2002, we have es­tab­lished an academy presently lo­cated at Silang, Cavite. The academy is a squat­ter in­side the PNPA and the lat­ter has been for years ask­ing for the evic­tion of the academy. The first grad­u­ates of the academy was in 2007 and so far we have pro­duced less than 2,000 agents. With the gar­gan­tuan task of the drug war, we have to pro­duce more agents. We could achieve this by es­tab­lish­ing satel­lite academy in Visayas (prefer­ably in Cebu) and Min­danao (prefer­ably in Davao). With this we could pro­duce agents thrice what we have yearly pro­duced.

To sup­port the train­ing of our agents, you must or­der the CHED to come with a course called: Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence in Pub­lic Safety Ma­jor in Drug En­force­ment so that our prospec­tive cadets in the PDEA shall have been prop­erly trained for four years, so that the six months train­ing in the academy would only strengthen and would be the cul­mi­na­tion and re­fin­ing of our cadets.

2.) Dep­u­tize PNP drug en­force­ment units

The PDEA can­not do it alone, we have to be hum­ble enough to ac­knowl­edge that PDEA needs the help of the PNP. If the is­sue is ac­count­abil­ity and re­spon­si­bil­ity, the pres­i­dent has to or­der the PNP to al­low its of­fi­cers to be de­tailed with the PDEA, not to be phys­i­cally trans­ferred but on pa­per. So that the op­er­a­tions with PNP will be un­der the su­per­vi­sion of the PDEA with funds pro­vided by the lat­ter's of­fice. This is so if there are in­stances of hul­i­daps, shenani­gans and ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties, it is the PDEA that will be ac­count­able. Any­way, this is what Repub­lic Act 9165 man­dates, the PDEA as the lead agency.

3.) Court duty al­lowance/pay

When the pres­i­dent as­sumed of­fice up to the present we have around 70,000 drug cases and ma­jor­ity of it were filed by the PNP. Let us be re­minded that the end of the drug war is in the con­vic­tion of the drug ac­cused. Even if the pres­i­dent de­cides that the PDEA shall be the sole agency, we have to en­sure that these cases must end in con­vic­tion and thus to sup­port our op­er­a­tives who pays its own fare and meals, at times pro­vide food for its de­tainee, the gov­ern­ment must sup­port them via the giv­ing of Court Duty Al­lowance.

Lastly, if the PDEA is the sole agency, the PNP's pro­posed bud­get for next year un­der the Op­er­a­tion Dou­ble Bar­rel in the amount of al­most P1 bil­lion, it would be re­aligned with the PDEA.

Drug free Philip­pines, my duty, your duty, every­body's mis­sion. Ug mabuhi ang ban­tu­gan nga Bisaya.

Re­spect­fully yours,

Clarence Paul V. Oam­i­nal

Vice Chair­man, Dan­ger­ous Drugs Board Au­gust 8, 2008 to March 5, 2010

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