MANILA - Transferring leadership of the government's war on drugs to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency from the police alone will not solve the country's narcotics problem, the head of an anti-crime advocacy group said Friday.
The PDEA has just 2,000 troops, compared to the Philippine National Police's 150,000. The agency is also grappling with errant personnel, said Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption Chairman Dante Jimenez.
"May iba din na bulok diyan eh," Jimenez said.
(Some people there are rotten, too.)
With PDEA in the lead, Jimenez said drug suspects might be emboldened.
"Nang mabalitaan ko ito, nakakapanghina ng loob, lalo na sa aming mga victims ng drug lord at ito pong drug peddlers, drug pushers, at traders kasi mukhang nagwagi na naman sila sa kanilang propaganda," he said.
(When I heard about it, it's disheartening, especially for us victims of drug lords, drug peddlers, drug pushers, traders because it seems their propaganda won again.)
Jimenez said he would relay the VACC's sentiments to President Rodrigo Duterte.