The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Davao doused cold water on the claims of a presidential candidate that anyone can buy drugs in the city.
PDEA region 11 Director Adzhar Albani refused to be dragged to political mudslinging over the drugs issue in Davao City but defended the city’s anti-drug campaign.
“Davao City is well managed as far as anti-drug operation is concerned and one of the best,” Albani said dousing cold water in the accusation of LP presidential candidate Mar Roxas that anyone can buy drugs in the city.
In an interview with TV5, presidential candidate Mar Roxas said, “May droga sa Davao ngayon, ngayon lang, gusto mo samahan kita, makakabili tayo ng droga sa Davao e (There is drugs in Davao now, just now, do you want me to accompany you, we can buy drugs in Davao).”
The statement of Roxas further created a stir after a couple was arrested on Sunday at a checkpoint in Sirawan, this city by the joint operatives from PDEA, Davao City Police Office (DCPO) and Task Force Davao. The couple, who was coming in from Lanao, was arrested with 50 grams of suspected shabu.
Albani said he is not denying the fact that there is presence of illegal drugs in the metro but the city is well managed in terms of anti-drug operation compared to other areas.
He encourage anyone can report to his office any illegal drug-related incident but would not allow his office to be used in anyone’s political agenda.
“Basta ang masasabi ko lang (What I can say) we are not declaring Davao City as a drug-free city, but Davao City is well managed where anti-drug operation is concerned and one of the best,” Albani added.
He stressed that in his 19 years in anti-drug operation, Davao City is better compared to other cities.
Albani was previously assigned in Regions 9, 12, 4A, 5 and the National capital region before holding his current post as the regional director of PDEA 11. (PNA)