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Arroyo wants ‘fiercer’ war vs drug lords

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By Joel Guinto
First Posted 11:38:00 01/26/2009

Filed Under: Police, Illegal drugs

MANILA, Philippines — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has directed the Philippine National Police (PNP) to wage a “fiercer war” against drug lords in cooperation with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and local government units.

Speaking at the 18th PNP anniversary in Camp Crame Monday, the President also ordered police to intensify its intelligence gathering to build up tight cases against drug suspects that would lead to their conviction.

“I enjoin you, cooperate with PDEA, the LGUs and other agencies as we crack down on big drug lords. Let us wage a fiercer war against them,” said Arroyo, who has appointed herself as the country’s anti-drug “czar.”

“Let’s make sure by building up a good case that they will go all the way to conviction,” she said.

Arroyo took charge of the government’s anti-narcotics campaign in the wake of a rift between the PDEA and state prosecutors over bribery allegations in a drug case involving scions of prominent families.

The President also said she has approved the release of P300 million for the housing of policemen to be bidded out in the next few days.

She also ordered the construction of government-subsidized drug stores near police camps and the upgrade of health facilities inside camp.

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