Bohol Drug Problem

The local team of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) strives to be on top of the situation as it remains a challenge to outsmart the wealthy illegal drugs ring that contrasts government scarcity.

PDEA-Bohol head Ma. Chona Egam lamented that the lack of resources and manpower often hamper their operation, especially that they have to implement simultaneous programs on supply reduction and demand reduction.

The drug ring proved to be wealthier than the government agency and, therefore, could move faster.

Egam also expressed disappointment that of the cases they had filed against drug personalities, there were more acquittal than conviction.

On this, PDEA needs to double time in polishing the evidence gathering and surveillance operations, she added.

With limited personnel, it became impossible for the PDEA to create different teams to whom the tasks could supposedly be segregated.

Usually, there is only one team to focus on all the strategies, resulting to lack of focus and disintegrated moves.

Egam said PDEA has to deal with several tasks at one time. They have to continue the surveillance, case profiling and buy-bust operations against noted drug personalities.

At the same time, they have to attend court hearings and proceed with the information dissemination on the ill effects of drug abuse.

In every month, they have to accomplish all these tasks.

The PDEA, however, managed to achieve remarkable accomplishments in the fight against illegal drugs.

"The harmonious and concerted effort with the local law enforcement units of the province has been the key factor in the many remarkable achievement in the campaign against dangerous drugs trafficking in Bohol Province. With this, we recommend the continuation of the sustained, relentless, and consistent campaign of every law enforcement units," Egam said.

As part of PDEA's supply reduction program in the month of February, Egam said they received coordination of one surveillance, casing and test-buy operation.

Bohol Election Placed Hot Spot by Comelec

Police have placed the entire Bohol province under strict watch to check for the presence of armed groups in line with the coming May 13 elections.

Police Provincial Director Constantino Barot Jr. gave the order to all the units under his command. All areas in the province are placed under reassessment by the police units to validate the poll watchlist that covers the entire Bohol.

Police Supt. Nicomedes Olaivar Jr., PPSC chief, leads the teams that check all the towns in the province, and so far, no armed group has been spotted yet.

Barot also instructed to intensify the monitoring of loose firearms including those that are licensed but were not renewed.

The Philippine National Police (PNP)
AND THE 2ND SPECIAL FORCES BATTALION OF THE PHILIPPINE ARMY CONTINUE TO CONDUCT JOINT CHECKPOINT IN THE DIFFERENT MUNICIPALITIES OF BOHOL.

TASK GROUP SUGBOHOL COMMANDER, COL. DINOH DOLINA, IS ALSO VERIFYING THE REPORT THAT FIVE HEAVILY ARMED MEN WERE SEEN IN SITIO AGUTAYAN, BARANGAY ABACA IN MABINI IN THE LAST FEBRUARY 5.

THE MILITARY PERSONNEL CONTINUE TO CONDUCT SECURITY JOINT OPERATIONS WITH OTHER AGENCIES TO PREVENT THE ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES OF CRIMINALS THAT MIGHT TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE ELECTION SEASON.

THEY ALSO INTENSIFY PEACE AND SECURITY OPERATIONS TO PREVENT THE RE-ENTRY OF COMMUNIST ARMED GROUPS IN THE PROVINCE WHICH MIGHT CREATE A SCENARIO TO BE ABLE TO COLLECT FEES FOR PERMITS TO CAMPAIGN FROM CANDIDATES.

DOLINA ALSO SAID THE TASK GROUP IS ALSO ASSISTING IN THE "RECRUITMENT AND EMPOWERMENT OF ARMY RESERVISTS TO COMPLEMENT AND SUPPORT THE REGULAR AFP UNITS DEPLOYED IN THE PROVINCE."