Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. called for the deployment of additional operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to combat the growing drug menace.
“Unless we have enough warm bodies on the field, we cannot hope to gain ground in our fight against illegal drugs,” Marcos said.
Alarmed by the PDEA report that around 92 percent of barangays in Metro Manila are affected by the drug problem, Marcos urged the drug agency to go after big-time drug syndicates.
“Field agents cultivate their own sources in their respective areas of assignment and these are the people who can provide the agency with vital intelligence to bring down big-time drug syndicates,” he said.
Marcos noted that the PDEA only has 892 field operatives distributed in its 17 regional offices around the country.
“This is simply not enough. We have to provide PDEA with the capability to do its job,” he said.
He vowed to look into the drug agency’s proposed 2016 budget to find ways of increasing its plantilla position for field operatives.
Likewise, Marcos said the PDEA should improve its reward system to intensify its intelligence gathering operation against illegal drug syndicates. He also called on the agency to revive and strengthen its tie-up with barangay officials and community volunteers.