Galing naman! PDEA reports ‘significant accomplishments’ in drug war on first 12 days

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Two weeks after President Rodrigo Duterte transferred the drug war operations to Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), the agency said it has already recorded “significant accomplishments” in their campaign.

PDEA reported a total of 210 anti-drug operations from October 11 to 22, 2017, resulting in the arrest of 79 drug personalities with 21 of them considered high-value targets.

The operations likewise led to the seizure of illegal drugs worth P3,574,385.78.

“Out of the confiscated drug evidence, 677.72 grams are methamphetamine hydrochloride, or shabu, with an estimated market value of P3,388,600, and 1,857.99 grams are dried marijuana leaves worth P185,785.78,” said PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino in a statement.

Duterte earlier stripped the national police of powers to implement the administration’s brutal drug war following heavy criticisms from both local and international community.

Police drew flak for alleged extrajudicial killings of drug suspects including minors.

“Cognizant of the challenges posed by the enormity of the country’s drug problem and the memorandum issued by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on the Implementation of Republic Act 9165 otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Act of 2002, PDEA accepted the challenge to be the sole authority to conduct anti-drug operations nationwide,” said Aquino.

“Though undermanned, underequipped and inadequately funded, PDEA will deliver tangible results, even more than is expected of us,” he added noting that there are only 2,000 agents of PDEA.