‘Fam­i­lies should help in re­duc­ing drugs’

Sun Star Bacolod - - Topstories - BY CARLA N. CAÑET

RE­TIRED Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice chief Ron­ald Dela Rosa said over the week­end that Filipino fam­i­lies should now par­tic­i­pate in the re­duc­tion of sup­ply of il­le­gal drugs in the coun­try.

This is be­cause the sup­ply is still com­ing in de­spite the re­lent­less war on drugs by the ad­min­is­tra­tion of Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte, he said.

Dela Rosa was in La Castel­lana, Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal on Jan­uary 5 as he was the guest speaker of the town’s an­nual Bailes de Luces Fes­ti­val.

He said he wants the fam­i­lies to sup­port the war on drugs be­cause this is not for his per­sonal in­ter­est but for the wel­fare of the Filipino peo­ple.

The prob­lem still per­sists and they still have a lot of things to do to curb this men­ace, he added.

He said that the prob­lem of il­le­gal drugs is very com­pli­cated de­spite the fact that thou­sands of peo­ple have died along the way, but still, the prob­lem is there.

He said those con­victed of var­i­ous cases like kid­nap­ping, mur­der, and oth­ers be­came drug lords when they were en­dorsed to the Bureau of Cor­rec­tions.

They saw how lu­cra­tive the busi­ness on drugs and they are safe in­side the jail, he added. “The re­turn of their in­vest­ment is very fast with a small cap­i­tal­iza­tion.”

“We need to con­cen­trate on the de­mand re­duc­tion. If we are all closely watch­ing our fam­ily mem­bers...the gov­ern­ment can­not do this alone. This should be holis­tic and fam­ily ap­proach,” he said.*

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