Drug problem in the
Philippines now a national security threat -- PDEA
MANILA, May 2 -- The drug problem in the country has now become a
national security threat, according to Philippine Drugs Enforcement Agency (PDEA)
Director General Isidro Lapena.
Lapena spoke before the "RealNumbersPH" forum of the Presidential
Communications Operations Office (PCOO), together with the PDEA, Philippine
National Police (PNP), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Social
Welfare and Development (DSWD) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
held at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ortigas Avenue, Pasig City on Tuesday.
Lapena said that the effects in the country of the Php 120-billion a year
illegal drug industry should not be trivialized.
He noted the contagious effect drug users or pushers have on their family
and community members.
The PDEA chief said that addicts or users could easily influence other
people to get into drugs, who in turn, influence other people at an
Lapena said that it was when the problem reached such a magnitude that not
only the country's peace and order was affected, but the economy as well.
He added that on the subject of real numbers, President Rodrigo Duterte's
often-mentioned figure of 4 million drug users in the country is actually
incorrect, as the real number is closer to 4.7 million.