Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. lauded anti-drug authorities for foiling the attempt of an international syndicate to smuggle into the country a large shipment of illegal drugs concealed in machine tools.
On Tuesday, authorities seized around P180 million worth of suspected “shabu” or methamphetamine hydrochloride in Valenzuela City from two Chinese-Filipino men, both believed to be members of an international drug network.
“This is precisely what our authorities need to do to put a dent into the persisting alarming growth of the drug problem in the country: hit hard on big-time drug syndicates,” Marcos said.
The senator has been urging authorities to refocus their priorities from small drug dens and dealers and concentrate on bigtime drug lords and syndicates operating in the country.
Marcos said it is encouraging to note that the successful anti-drug operation was conducted through the efforts of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Anti-Illegal Drugs Group of the Philippine National Police (PNP-AIDG).
Officials also attribute the success of the operation to the coordination between the Bureau of Customs and the Taiwan Bureau of Investigation and Ministry of Justice.
Marcos noted that there had been instances in the past when anti-drug drives were hampered because of the fierce competition between law enforcement agencies.
“This operation is a perfect example of what unity and teamwork can achieve and for this they deserve our commendation,” the senator said.
“I hope our anti-drug authorities would not rest on their laurel and continuously intensify their crackdown on big-time drug syndicates. Now that big-time drug syndicates know we are on to their modus operandi they will try to find new ways to ship their contraband,” he added.
Marcos called for better government support to anti-drug agencies in terms of equipment, manpower and training to give them the edge to sustain the fight against the drug menace.