Pubdate: Thu, 28 Jul 2016
Source: Sun.Star Cebu (Philippines)
Copyright: 2016 Sun.Star
Author: Rene F. Antiga


President Rodrigo Duterte's campaign promise to eradicate the menace 
of illegal drugs in the country from three to six months may soon be 
realized at the rate the police are cracking the whip on drug lords 
and pushers.

As of the latest count, there are already 312 dead, 3,228 arrested, 
120,209 who surrendered and 63,972 houses raided. The government is 
turning the tide on its bloody war against drugs.

"This will be a fight to the death," said PNP chief Ronald "Bato" 
dela Rosa, who declared total war on drugs. He also warned police 
officers who are involved in drugs not to push their luck too much or 
else suffer the same fate as the drug lords.

Earlier, suspected drug lord "Jaguar" Diaz was killed in a shootout 
with the police in Las Pinas. Diaz was believed to be a big-time drug 
lord operating in Central Visayas based in Duljo Fatima, Mambaling in 
Cebu City.

Following Diaz's death, another suspected drug lord "Barok" Alvaro 
surrendered to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Bohol. 
Alvaro is now languishing in a Cebu jail and singing like a canary to 
pinpoint other lowerlevel drug lords in the region.

Recently, the new police chief visited the maximum cell in Bilibid 
and warned the convicted drug lords Herbert Colangco and Peter Co to 
put a stop to their illegal drug trade inside prison walls or else. 
It is widely believed that Bilibid is the source of illegal drugs 
peddled in other jails throughout the country. The jail guards were 
replaced by elements of the PNP's Special Force.

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) is the lead anti-drug 
law enforcement agency responsible for preventing, investigating and 
combating any dangerous drugs, controlled precursors and essential 
chemicals within the Philippines. The agency is tasked with the 
enforcement of the penal and regulatory provisions of Republic Act 
No. 9165 of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

The most commonly used drug in the Philippines is methamphetamine 
hydrochloride or shabu. It is a powerful stimulant drug that acts on 
the central nervous system (brain) increasing heart rate and blood pressure.

It increases brain activity, produce feelings of well-being, 
increased competence and alertness. Higher doses of the drug cause 
tremor sweating, heart palpitation and anxiety. Exhaustion and 
depression follow when the effects of shabu wear off. Serious mental 
illness including paranoia, delusion, hallucination and violent 
behavior may occur after prolonged use.

The Duterte government has turned the tide on the war against the 
scourge of society and source of all crimes - illegal drugs.

- -- Rene F. Antiga of Banilad, Mandaue City
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