PH drug trade is under-estimated

We agree with President Duterte that the drug problem in the country was under estimated by all quarters including himself. Coupled with the word war between the president and lady Senator Delima, the drug trade was problem might escalate and lose focus.

We hope that the current House investigation will focus on the drug trade problem inside the national penitentiary, and not on the word war between Duterte and Delima.

A Philippine National Police official on Thursday told a congressional inquiry that the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) developed a plan to bust the illegal drug trade in New Bilibid Prison (NBP), but was left out in the cold when the Department of Justice (DOJ), then headed by Secretary Leila de Lima, carried it out.

Director Benjamin Magalong, deputy PNP chief for operations and former CIDG head, told the House hearing on the proliferation of drugs in NBP that he and his men developed “Oplan: Cronus” based on intelligence information he had received from his assets at the national penitentiary.

Magalong said De Lima, now a senator, was aware of Cronus but he was surprised when the DOJ and the National Bureau of Investigation suddenly raided NBP on Dec. 15, 2014, without the CIDG and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

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