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PDEA ACQUIRES OVER P90-M WORTH OF VEHICLES, EQUIPMENT FOR OPERATIONAL CAPABILITY ENCHANCEMENT



Despite criticisms hounding the government’s campaign against illegal drugs, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) vowed to enhance the agency’s operational capability through the procurement of new vehicles and equipment.

On Thursday, PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino presented to the media additional surveillance, communication, protective and office equipment including motor vehicles valued at over P90 million.

These include reloading machines, drone cameras, helmets, body cameras, handheld radios, printers, laptop computers, trucks and motorycles that will be distributed to the agency’s national and regional offices for logistical support.

According to Aquino, the agency’s procurement of body cameras will ensure transparency and legitimacy of their drug operations.

The media, when they decide to join operations, would also be required to wear the equipment.

It can be recalled that in October, President Rodrigo Duterte tasked the PDEA to become the lead agency in carrying out the government’s campaign against illegal drugs in accordance to the provisions of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.

However in December, the country’s chief executive signed Memorandum Order 17 – with the police returning to the anti-drug campaign.

With this, the PDEA chief expressed confidence that the PNP would be able to do their job well; particularly, on the return of the Oplan Tokhang.

The national police, meantime, are currently drafting the guidelines for the proper conduct of the said campaign.

Meantime, the PDEA chief said they are to procure additional equipment this year so there may be enough logistical support to all agency personnel.