Ex-DDB head bats for special courts for drugs cases

April 8, 2010 11:02 am 

CABANATUAN CITY, Nueva Ecija, April 8 — Former Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) Chair Vicente Sotto III has pressed for the creation of special courts for drugs cases to speedily curb narco-politics in the country.

Sotto, where his family roots are traced here, said the only speed resolution of illegal drugs cases can arrest the problem, especially "now that cocaine syndicates have reportedly started penetrating the Philippines."

Sotto, who is making a comeback for a senate seat, said the government has set-up a system that involved the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC), Bureau of Internal revenue (BIR) and law enforcement agencies against big time drug personalities.

"Ang druglord ay hindi humahawak ng droga kaya mga maliliit na pusher lang ang nahuhuli (The drug lords are not handling the illegal drugs, that’s why only the small-time pushers are being caught)," he said, stressing the need for a more comprehensive actions to crack drug syndicates.

The narco-politics, according to Sotto, is a real and actual problem.

However, he said, he would not name politicians or public officials in the government's list as it would jeopardizes steps being undertaken by law enforcers.

"Lahat ng nakalista, hindi lang mga politicians, mga local officials, at saka mga private citizens na nanduon sa sinasabing watchlist, lahat 'yan bina-validate (All those in the watch list, not the only politicians and local officials as well as private citizens have been validated)," he said.

Sotto explained that the BIR and AMLC will track down individuals found to have amassed wealth from unexplainable sources, which could probably be drugs syndicates.

"Hindi po natin pababayaan na ang narco-politics ay lumaganap sa kabuuan ng Pilipinas (We would not allow the narco-politics to proliferate in the whole Philippines)," he stressed. (PNA)

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