PH Drug Enforcement Agency welcomes return of police in drug war

PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino

THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, in a statement Tuesday, welcomed the return of the Philippine National Police in the anti-drug war.

The PDEA welcomes the decision of the President (Rodrigo Duterte). It has been the desire of PDEA that PNP will return in the fight against illegal drugs,” said PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino.

In the same statement, the PDEA admitted that it is undermanned, under-budget and under- equipped and that there is a need for other law enforcement agencies particularly the PNP in the fight against illegal drugs.

From the time it was given the sole responsibility in the conduct of anti-drug operations, PDEA conducted a total of 2,161 anti-drug operations from October 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017 that resulted in the arrest of 750 drug personalities and seizure of P104.10 million worth of illegal drugs.

Media observers noted that the PDEA operations are so professionally executed that no casualty has ever been reported.

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