The idea of narco-politics cannot be ignored. It is a major concern. Actually we have been receiving reports that political candidates are behind the operation of certain shabu laboratories to raise funds for the coming elections, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director Gen. Dionisio Santiago, Jr. told reporters.
The involvement of some politicians in drug trading is already a proof that narco-politics existed in the Philippines. There are even reports that some terrorist groups are also involved in drug syndication in the country to finance terroristic activities – thus we have the term, narco-terrorism.
According to PDEA intelligence reports, secessionist groups and other terrorist cells are involved in illegal-drug operations. Recent anti-drug operations strongly link these groups to the illegal drug trade.
Narco-polititics and narco-terrorism are the major challenge of PDEA. Recently, PDEA officials warned politicians seeking elective posts in the 2010 elections against sourcing campaign funds from supporters involved in illicit drug trade.
PDEA, according to reports, receive information that some politicians who have plans to run in 2010 are receiving campaign funding from drug lords.
This indicates the existence of narco-terrorism in the country. We have been on the alert for this. It is highly probable that these groups are behind large-scale illegal transactions nationwide, Director Santiago added.
Narco-politics also alarmed the Philippine National Police (PNP).
PNP chief Director General Jesus A. Verzosa yesterday said the organization shares the concern of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency when it comes to “narco-politics.’’ Journal Online reported. Verzosa added, narco-politics is not new. It has happened in the past and it can happen again if law enforcement and the community lower their guard on drug syndicates.
Let us all support PDEA and PNP’s all out war against narco-politics and narco-terrorism.