BACOLOD City – City Councilor Caesar Distrito said the decision of President Rodrigo Duterte to transfer all anti-drug operations from the PNP to the Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) is bound to fail.
Distrito said he believes that President Duterte wants to allay fears of the public over alleged abuses committed by the police, like the recent killing of minors in Metro Manila.
“In order to allay the fears of the public, he centralized all anti-drug operations,” Distrito said.
But he said it is bound to fail because PDEA personnel and logistics are very limited, unlike the PNP which has more or less 200,000 active personnel nationwide.
Operational wise, Distrito said the police have the capacity and the budgetary requirements to fulfill their operations.
On Oct 11, 2017, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered PDEA to be the sole agency responsible for the anti-drug operations of the government.