Aquino orders anti-narcotics agencies for heightened cooperation

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

MALACANANG on Saturday said that concerned government agencies have been sharing information to ensure that the Philippines would not become a transshipment point for drugs.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said this was the instruction of President Benigno Aquino III amid the recent operations resulting to the arrest of several people and confiscation of huge quantities of illegal drugs in the country recently.

"Ang huling naalala ko sinabi ng Pangulo is to share information. Hindi lang ito law enforcement agencies ang gumagalaw," she said on state-run dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.

She noted the heightened cooperation among the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, National Bureau of Investigation, and the Philippine National Police.

What is important is heightened cooperation and sharing of information among these agencies, she said.

Valte also noted that with authorities getting better at thwarting drug laboratories, it is possible drug rings may have shifted to manufacturing the drugs abroad and using the Philippines as a transshipment point.

But she said that the sharing of information among law enforcement agencies has already netted results, including the interception Friday of some P1.3-billion worth of illegal drugs in Paranaque City. (SDR/Sunnex)

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