Narcotics campaign being won – Eleazar

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National Capital Region (NCR) police chief Director Guillermo Eleazar grudgingly admitted yesterday a statement by Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chief Aaron Aquino that illegal drugs continue to “flood” Metro Manila.

“While it’s true that the proliferation of illegal drugs is still rampant, we did have gains in our operations that no one can undermine,” Eleazar said, referring to the more than 55,000 drug personalities police have arrested in NCR in the last two years.

Director General Oscar Albayalde, the chief of the Philippine National Police, said that while the drug problem in NCR remains a big challenge, the drug trade in the provinces has abated.

Eleazar maintained the government is winning the battle against illegal drugs. “With all the resources government has, we are winning but we still have a long way to go,” he said.

In saying illegal drugs are flooding Metro Manila, Aquino cited the about P7 billion worth of shabu which allegedly slipped into the country through the magnetic lifters later found empty in Cavite last August.

The PNP had maintained though that there’s no proof to back PDEA’s claim that multi-billion pesos of shabu allegedly went past the Bureau of Customs (BoC).

Another shipment of shabu worth P2.4 billion had been detected and seized by BoC and PDEA.

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