President Duterte eyes revival of Philippine Constabulary to augment PDEA in combating illegal drugs

  • President Duterte is eyeing to revive the Philippine Constabulary to augment the PDEA
  • After the abolition of PNP anti-illegal drugs units, PDEA now has a lead role in the war on drugs
  • The PC was merged with the Integrated National Police to become the PNP in 1991

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) now has a lead role in the government’s war on drugs after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the dissolution of all anti-illegal drugs units in the Philippine National Police (PNP) following the Jee Ick Joo kidnap-slay case perpetrated by rogue cops under the guise of legitimate anti-illegal drug operation.

However, PDEA is undermanned. It has only1,800 staff members; equivalent to just a little over 1% of the 160,000-strong PNP.

The President is eyeing the revival of the Philippine Constabulary to augment PDEA, Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella said.

“It’s not yet official as far as I know, but Philippine Constabulary may be reactivated,” he said.

As per the Inquirer, in 1991, the Philippine Constabulary was merged with the Integrated National Police to become the PNP.

Abella said that if the Philippine Constabulary (PC) is activated, it would be national in scope and the PNP would take care of localized operations.

“It assumes that if and when this comes into operation, the PNP would be localized and the PC would be national in scope,” he said.

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