Lapeña eyes revamp of anti-drug agency

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The new head of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) is set to reorganize the agency’s entire force as the Duterte administration intensifies its campaign against illegal drugs.

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Glenn Mapalad, PDEA public information office chief, told The Manila Times that PDEA Director General Isidro Lapeña will reshuffle the officers of different units of the agency.

Mapalad did not elaborate since Lapeña is still conducting a thorough study of the PDEA, but indicated that PDEA has a significant number of rogue agents.

Mapalad noted that former PDEA chief Arturo Cacdac, Jr. had dismissed 12 officers from the agency in 2015 for being undesirable officials.

Cacdac also filed administrative charges against five erring personnel of the agency in 2015.

Mapalad said the “PDEA must deliver to be worthy of the President’s expectations.”

During the turn-over ceremony of the agency’s leadership on July 9, Lapeña vowed to lead the PDEA in carrying out the marching orders of Duterte to end the drug menace in six months.

Lapeña’s plan to reorganize the agency is perceived as a vital cleansing of PDEA so that it can regain its credibility.

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  1. Juan T. Delacruz on

    Few major areas of PDEA that need some changes: 1. There is a need to reshuffle and reassign agents throughout the country, 2. The need for unannounced urinalysis test for all employees 3. All employees need to sign the bank secrecy law or lifestyle check to make sure there will be no illegal drug dealing and wheeling within the organization. DU30 should always remind these government employees that “public service is a public trust”.