The Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) condemns the ambush-slay of five agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Kapai, Lanao del Sur. In solidarity with the PDEA leadership, DDB Chairman (Secretary) Catalino Cuy expressed his great concern and deepest sympathy over the incident.
“Those responsible for the deaths of the PDEA agents have committed an outright act of ruthlessness. It is clear that the government’s campaign is a threat to individuals who continue to pursue illegal activities despite the President’s stern warning. The illegal drugs trade in the country is affected by the government’s serious commitment to suppress it. We will not let this incident hinder us from advancing our all-out campaign on drug abuse prevention and control.”
The Anti-Drug body also hopes for the urgent action of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to bring justice to the family of the victims. Along this comes the concern to safeguard the safety and interest of anti-drug law enforcers who continue to do a crackdown against drug syndicates and peddlers nationwide.
Being the highest policy making body on drug control matters, DDB will also formulate policies that will guarantee the welfare of anti-drug agents in the performance of their duties. One move is to strengthen DDB Regulation Number 1, series of 2016 on the Operation Lawmen by including safety net provisions for officers involved on anti-illegal drug operations apart from the incentive mechanisms in place.
This followed after series of violent incidents causing the lives of anti-drug agents were recorded to have occurred within the year 2018.