SENATE President Aquilino Pimentel 3rd on Saturday urged concerned law enforcement agencies to focus first on the “source” of illegal drugs to effectively wage the war against drugs.
Pimentel made the remark when asked about the statement of President Rodrigo Duterte that he would resign if he failed to address the drug problem.
“My advice to the executive branch is: go after the supply. Let’s go after the big-time suppliers,” he said on Saturday in a radio interview.
He said he believed that the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement (PDEA) already had intelligence information on the source of shabu and other illegal drugs being sold in the streets.
“If it comes from other country, we should appeal to that country to conduct a crackdown within its territory so that illegal drugs would no longer reach us,” he said.
“If there will be no (shabu) supply those street pushers would not be able to distribute (drugs) because they are not the ones manufacturing the drugs. They have suppliers,” Pimentel said.
The Senate chief also urged the public to help the President achieve his goal instead of asking him to resign if he fails to win the war against drugs.
“Let us help the President instead because he cannot win the war against drugs just by himself. Let us pray for his success,” he said.