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Atienza: PDEA should get PNP’s P900M Tokhang budget

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Buhay partylist Rep. Lito Atienza said he strongly supports and agrees with the decision of President Rodrigo Duterte to give the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) the task of waging the government’s anti-drug war.

“We commend the President, who definitely was well-advised and acted correctly and with great sensitivity by removing the anti-drug war from the hands of the PNP and giving it to the proper agency – PDEA. I am sure that generally, the people will support the President’s decision,” he said.

But now that the President has given the PDEA the task of waging the government’s anti-drug war, he should make sure that they have the budget required for this. Like in the appropriations approved for next year, the PDEA only got a very small amount – P2.59 billion,” he said.

He proposed that PDEA be given the budget originally set aside for the PNP’s drug operations.

“Maybe the ‘tokhang’ bugdet of the Philippine National Police (PNP) of P900 million should be given to the PDEA and the President should see to it that they be given enough,” he said.

Atienza said, “Initially, they should be given between P10 and 15 Billion so they can hire more agents and more personnel to be more effective in the anti-drug war. Kailangan yan kundi kawawa naman yung mgaPDEA officers. They’ll be undermanned, underequipped, and they will fail.”