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Hinahayaan lang ang adik! Erap gets failing grade from DILG on fighting drugs

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The proliferation of drug addicts in Manila should not come as a surprise since its Anti-Illegal Drug Abuse Council (ADAC) isn’t working.

The Manila ADAC’s failure to address the drug problem was one of the reasons why the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) gave Mayor Joseph Estrada a grade of 65 in implementing the administration’s anti-drug campaign.

Estrada’s grade is dismal compared to the 100 received by Quezon City and Caloocan City’s 95.

The DILG warned that Estrada could face administrative charges if Manila’s grade reaches 50.

Local officials were mandates by the DILG last year to convene their respective ADACs to fight the illegal drugs menace in their localities.

The DILG said the local ADACs should receive adequate funding from the government to carry out their mandate.

Given the DILG’s order, columnist Kaye Dacer said Estrada had no excuse not to convene the ADAC in Manila.

“Kung may pondo ang bawat lungsod, ano pa ang excuse ni Mayor Erap bakit hindi kumikilos ang kanyang ADAC? Mali­ban na lamang kung para kay Estrada ay hindi isyu ang iligal na droga gayong alam ng lahat ng ito ang numero unong sumisira sa ating mga kabataan na siyang pag-asa ng ating bayan,” Dacer said in her April 4 column for the tabloid Abante.