The House Committee on Dangerous Drugs is currently discussing several bills that will strengthen the Duterte administration’s campaign against illegal drugs.
House committee chair and Surigao del Norte Rep. Robert Ace Barbers said there are currently 31 bills that seek the creation of drug rehabilitation centers in various areas in the country. Rep. Barbers added that the committee seeks to fortify anti-drug agents’ capabilities in intelligence, investigation, and operation to prevent bungling of cases and ensure high conviction rate against arrested illegal drug pushers, manufacturers, and peddlers.
One of the bills being deliberated on is House Bill 588, authored by Pangasinan Rep. Leopoldo Bataoil, which seeks to strengthen the anti-illegal drugs unit of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) by enhancing its facilities, increasing its manpower, and developing a systemic, wide-scope inter-agency partnership. On the other hand, House Bills 3406 and 3733 propose amendments to the anti-wiretapping law by excluding suspected drug-related activities from its scope.
There is also a legislation pending before the committee on Dangerous Drugs that will provide for the creation of drug rehabilitation centers nationwide. The rehabilitation of drug dependents is one of the key programs of the Duterte administration’s anti-drug campaign.
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