Returning Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson praised the move of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) that put up citizen hotlines in line with the agenda of the incoming administration to fight war against illegal drugs.
Senator Lacson said that such hotlines promote a more active cooperation of the citizens in battling against drugs.
“Definitely, this will give ordinary citizens a more active role in bringing down the supply of drugs by giving tips against dealers. But the hotlines should also lead to help for those addicted to drugs,” Lacson said in a statement.
According to Lacson, a former head of the Philippine National Police, he also implemented an integrated approach versus the proliferating drug transactions during his time by decreasing its supply and constricting its demand.
Peter Laviña, President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s Spokesman, earlier made known that incoming PDEA Chief Isidro Lapeña has released the hotlines below in line with the agenda of Duterte’s administration to eliminate drugs:
Text: 09998887332, 09255737332, 09279150616
Landlines: (02) 9200735, (02) 9200736
Senator Ping ealier declared his support for President-elect Duterte’s fight against illegal drugs provided that the law enforcement authorities stay within the boundaries of the rule of law in carrying out his future orders. He said that he will donate his unspent election funds to law enforcers or policemen who catch or capture drug personalities.
Senator Lacson announced in a text message that the strategy of the incoming president is a “clear demonstration of his determination to end a scourge that has grown to alarming proportions in recent years.”
The senator emphasized that the police should not be motivated by the reward alone to accomplish their obligation but “by an unequivocal compliance with the President’s directive, not to mention their mandate to perform their sworn duty to protect the people and maintain a peaceful and orderly society.”