- Estrada’s anti-illegal drugs campaign began during his first term as Manila mayor in 2013
- The Manila Police District has their eyes all set on the arrest of 82 drug suspects in Manila
- According to reports, Manila does not have any drug den operating in the city
Manila Mayor Joseph 'Erap' Estrada told the Manila Police District (MPD) to intensify its campaign against local drugs. “Whatever you need – firearms, equipment, vehicles – whatever, I will provide you. I will give all the tools you need. Just go all out and rid the city of illegal drugs,” Estrada told MPD director Senior Superintendent Joel Coronel during a meeting at the city hall on Friday.
Coronel provided a report to Erap stating that three of the 82 names in the MPD’s priority list include “Level 3” traffickers or those who are suspected of carrying at least two kilos of methamphetamine or shabu and other types of drugs. The three suspects are of Chinese-Filipino descent.
The traffickers will then distribute the prohibited drugs to “Level 1 and 2” retailers or street pushers.
“Levels 4 and 5, these are the importers, manufacturers, and smugglers, the main sources of drugs in the country,” Coronel added.
In a statement, the MPD chief said that the MPD expects to “neutralize” the three suspects on their watch list in the next weeks.
Coronel mentioned that Manila has not been reported to have any drug dens operating in the area as the city is “too small and crowded” for drug manufacturing facilities to operate without being noticed.
“Drug traffickers and manufacturers are evolving. They’re now transferring their main operations in the suburbs, in remote locations, in private subdivisions kasi mas madaling magtago doon. Sa Manila, wala (because it's easier to hide there. There's none in Manila),” said Coronel.
Erap has implemented the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program in public elementary and high schools in Manila, which aims to educate the youth about illegal drugs. He also allocated PHP 1.9 billion for peace and order in the city, which includes PHP 136 million worth of allowances for members of the MPD. - IS, Kami Media