Buhay Party-list Rep. Lito Atienza slammed the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) for the measly budget being allocated for the country’s anti-drug agencies.
“Considering that majority of the crimes being committed the past months have been drug-related, the measly P890 million budget being given to the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) is definitely not going to help our agencies solve the biggest problem plaguing our country right now,” Atienza said.
During his interpellation of Rep. JC Rahman Nava, sponsor of the agencies’ budget, he scored their failure to solve the growing drug problem, citing recent cases such as the rape and killing of a seven-year-old girl in Pandacan, Manila, the killing of a barangay (village) tanod, as well as the murder of actress Cherry Pie Picache’s mother right in her own home, all by suspected drug-crazed perpetrators.
Atienza pointed out that while the national government can afford to allocate P64 billion for its Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program, the country’s two anti-drug agencies are given paltry sums with which they are expected to effectively carry out their work.
“We are putting it on record that the government’s ineffective anti-drug campaign has failed to assure our citizens, as well as foreign investors and tourists, of their safety. Our deteriorating peace and order condition — brought about by the growing drug menace — is the single biggest threat to our country’s stability and even the very security of our nation,” he said.