Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Wednesday called on authorities to destroy seized illegal drugs in public view to tamp out suspicions that these are recycled and resold.
“Where are the illegal drugs confiscated by the police? How are these stored and destroyed? The public should know,” Marcos said in a statement.
Recovered illegal drugs are kept and used as evidence in court against those caught possessing the substances.
But Marcos said the drugs should be disposed within full public view after they were already presented and the courts deemed no more use of them in the cases.
“Whether they incinerate or use other methods in destroying the drugs, the process should be done in public view or, at least, covered by the media,” he said.
This, he said, will assure the public that the drugs, or part of it, do not end up being re-sold on the streets by pushers under the protection of rogue policemen.
Marcos sought transparency in destroying recovered illegal drugs as he called on the Philippine National Police to step up its drive against drug trafficking and go after big time drug traders.
He made the call as he expressed alarm over the rising drug-related crimes citing a report from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency that over 20 percent of the 42,029 total barangays nationwide had drug-related cases last year, with the National Capital Region having the highest rate of drug-affected barangays at 92 percent.