PDEA proves fight against illegal drugs with torching of drugs in custody

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The PNP should be allowed more time to carry on its self-cleaning operations before returning to a more active role in the campaign.

The destruction of the risky drugs is in compliance with the guidelines set on the custody and disposition of seized unsafe drugs required in Section 21, Article II of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive unsafe Drugs Act of 2002, and unsafe Drugs Board Regulation No. 1, Series of 2002. "But as of now, just to parry, I tasked PDEA (as sole agency to address the drug problem)", he said in a speech delivered here inside Camp Fort Magsaysay.

But the PNP has been cleaning its ranks, he said.

Since President Duterte ordered the PNP off the war on drugs last month, Madrid said the PNP has resolved 1,000 of the 10,000 cases in six weeks. The death of even minors like Kian de los Santos, who allegedly resisted arrest when CCTV cameras showed him already in secure police custody, moved President Duterte to assign the PDEA to lead the anti-drugs drive, with the PNP the National Bureau of Investigation, and other agencies in support.

Aquino said he does not view Duterte's pronouncements to bring back the PNP as dissatisfaction with PDEA's performance, but rather a president's action as he knows the limitations of the agency.

"We may be undermanned, underequipped, and underfunded, but we continually strive to achieve more than what is expected", PDEA Director General Aquino said.

"We are ready", he said in another text message.

AN estimated P11.6 million worth of illegal drugs were systematically destroyed in Davao del Norte, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) reported in a statement on Thursday.

He noted that the allegations of extrajudicial killings were the reason why the President issued the order last October 11, which directed the PNP, National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Bureau of Customs, Philippine Postal Corp. and other agencies to refrain from spearheading drug operations to avoid conflict.

The President earlier floated the idea of giving back to the police a major role in the drug war.

"Brace for more bloodshed", Phelim Kine, Human Rights Watch (HRW)'s Deputy Asia Director, said on Thursday, November 23.

On Wednesday, Duterte said he would return the conduct of the bloody anti-drug operations to the Philippine National Police.

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