By Mario Casayuran
Former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile has called on police and military authorities to improve intelligence gathering amid the entry of more illegal drugs in the country.
Enrile, former defense minister of the late President Ferdinand Marcos, said at the sidelines of his campaign rally in Cavite province that the country’s porous borders need a more agile military and police.
If elected for a fifth term in the Senate, Enrile vowed to push for a higher budget for the police and military establishments so that they could purchase more border patrols boats, and modern intelligence gathering equipment. He is running under the banner of Puwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP).
“We need more equipment, patrol boats, helicopters, and stronger intelligence to arrest big-time drug lords. In this so-called war on drugs, we must be willing to put the money where our mouth is to enforce the law,” he said.
Enrile made the statement following the admission by President Rodrigo Duterte that the drug menace has worsened and that more and more drugs are coming in.
The veteran lawmaker noted that big ‘’shabu’’ (meth crystals) shipments amounting to billions of pesos have recently been seized by the police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
While commended the authorities for that, Enrile called for a speedier probe into the incidents.
“Nasaan yung mga taong nasa likod nito? It is not enough that we seize the contraband. People behind these should be held accountable, brought to court, and convicted,” he said. (Who are the persons behind these multi-billion-peso illegal drug shipments?)
However, Enrile warned that the evidence must be “studied carefully” so that the correct perpetrators are caught.