WITH the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) solely in charge of the drug war, anti-illegal drug operations will target “higher echelons” of the drug trafficking syndicates, Malacañang said on Thursday.
The drug war led by the Philippine National Police has seen the degradation of street distribution networks for narcotics, so the government is now targeting high-level drug syndicates, including their protectors in government, Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella said in a press briefing.
“PDEA will now bring policy focus, expert performance standards, high-level coordination of oversight, and centralized intelligence collection to the war on drugs,” Abella said.
“PDEA will also lead in establishing a broad anti-drug coalition, working with agencies, LGUs, civil society, the Church, business, academe and media to push prevention and rehabilitation initiatives,” he said.
“There is now an elevation of the campaign against illegal drugs and so, PDEA has now widened its scope,” he added.