THE Philippine National Police Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force (PNP AID-SOTF) is set to submit to Congress on Tuesday their strong opposition to the legalization of marijuana in the country.
PNP AID-SOTF chief, Sr. Supt. Bartolome Tobias said they support the earlier opposition to marijuana made by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and Department of Health (DoH).
“We are opposed to this . . . we are supporting the position made earlier by the PDEA and DOH and we have ready to submit our position on this [today],” Tobias said during a chance interview in Camp Crame.
The unit’s legal officer and spokesman, Chief Insp. Roque Merdeguia said that they will submit their opposition to legalize marijuana in today’s committee hearing in Congress.
“We are against this [call for marijuana legalization]. . . we cannot allow the streets to be flooded by marijuana,” Merdeguia said in a separate interview.
The PNP AID-SOTF position also follows the same line taken by the Dangerous Drugs Board, the government agency tasked to draw up policy and strategy in the campaign against illegal drugs.
“From the police perspective, we are not prepared to see a widespread public smoking of marijuana and to deal with its unimaginable adverse effect to the peace and order situation of the country,” PNP AID-SOTF said in its posi- tion paper.