|Seized illegal drugs|
Actually, there are a lot of reasons. In apprehending criminals involved in the peddling and distribution of drugs, there are established laws and legal procedures to follow. Our law enforcers may be able to succeed in arresting drug peddlers on the streets, but there are technicalities that need to be observed from the apprehension up to the filing of criminal cases against the suspects in the proper courts.
|Ex-PDEA Chief D. Santiago|
A manifestation to this was the latest shenanigans at the PDEA when some of its agents were allegedly linked to the P8 million bribe that was mysteriously deposited in the bank account number of a woman, upon the request of a lady friend. This bank account was allegedly used by a certain drug suspect to deposit the money, which was later withdrawn by the PDEA agents. The bank account holder is now under the protective custody of the Department of interior and Local Government.
Former PDEA chief Director General Dionisio R. Santiago revealed in his report that most causes of acquittal stemmed from some irregularities and illegal rrest, search, and seizure, which account to 29 percent of the total acquitted cases.
"Of these 29 percent, none were caused by new PDEA agents of those few which are military-led," Santiago said. Instead, he claimed that these were mostly caused by police enforcers, and those policemen detailed with PDEA then.
While most of the causes of dismissal of drug cases is due to non-appearance of prosecution witnesses. "This constitutes 50 percent. Of this 50 percent, 98 percent were non-appearance of law enforcement witnesses of local and detailed police enforcers and not by the new drug enforcement agents of PDEA and those that were military-led," the former PDEA chief said.
Santiago added: " The 2 percent that was dismissed due to non-appearance of prosecution witnesses was caused by five new agents who were charged by PDEA itself for extortion along with their detailed police team leaders."
If the current PDEA leadership is now embroiled in some kind of shenanigans, the color of money has something to do with them. With these negative feedbacks from the public, it is only incumbent upon the present leadership to put all PDEA operatives under proper values formation. When drug agents are in cahoots with drug hawkers and peddlers, there's no other alternative but to purge PDEA's roster of undesirables.