PDEA vows more support to gov’t drug war after high survey ratings

Published September 27, 2018, 12:45 PM

by Patrick Garcia

By Chito Chavez

Buoyed by the high satisfaction rating that the government gained from a survey group, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) vowed its full support to President Duterte’s all-out war against illegal drugs.

PDEA Dir Aaron Aquino speaks during a press conference at the PDEA headquarters in Quezon City, April 25 2018. (Mark BAlmores / MANILA BULLETIN)
PDEA Dir Aaron Aquino speaks (Mark Balmores / MANILA BULLETIN)

PDEA Director General Aaron N. Aquino said the agency has maintained its goal on apprehending high-value illegal drug targets that are considered the menace of the society.

“This motivates PDEA as the country’s lead agency against illegal drugs. We will carry on with our aggressive supply reduction and demand reduction efforts to save the lives of drug users, while we continue pursuing high-value targets,’’ Aquino said.

From June 2018 to September 2018, a recent Social Weather Station survey showed that majority of Filipinos are satisfied with the campaign against illegal drugs and yielded a “very good” net satisfaction rating of +65 percent.

Aquino said the recent survey by SWS revealing that Filipinos are satisfied with a war against drugs will serve as an inspiration in the execution of the agency’s duties.

“It also proves that our people trust and support the law enforcement agency like PDEA and the PNP (Philippine National Police), which are at the forefront of the war against illegal drugs,“ he added.

Aquino stressed the people’s satisfaction with the government’s anti-drug campaign is the ultimate reward to the hard work dedication and sacrifices of PDEA operatives.

According to the survey 78 percent of Filipinos are satisfied with the campaign against illegal drugs.

However, it has been down from 76 percent net satisfaction rating in September 2016, with the lowest net satisfaction rating posted in September 2017 at 63 percent.