‘Bato’ links drug use to rising crimes

Senator Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa said the recent increase in kidnappings and other crimes in the country is an indication that the illegal drug problem is recurring.

In a radio interview, De la Rosa attributed the recent reports of abductions to the proliferation of illegal drugs in the country.

“No one in their right mind would do such a thing in broad daylight, riding a motorcycle without a cover on his face and attempting to kidnap someone,” he said.

“If he was not under the influence of drugs, he would not do that. It was an indicator that our problem with illegal drugs is coming back,” he added.

He expressed his belief that most of the perpetrators of these illegal activities were also drug users.

“Most of them are under the influence of illegal drugs,” he stressed.

De la Rosa, a former head of the Philippine National Police, has urged law enforcers to take immediate action against these illegal activities.

“These criminals, they speak only one language; fear and violence. We should use the same language,” he said.

“We should be more aggressive to threaten these criminals,” he added.

On Saturday, Senator Grace Poe announced that she will file a resolution urging the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs to conduct an inquiry into the reportedly increasing number of abduction cases in Metro Manila and Luzon.

“An abduction case is one too many. We cannot allow this situation to threaten our people’s safety and trample on our efforts to help them get through the difficult times,” Poe lamented.

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