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37 tested positive: Davao City gov’t not spared from illegal drugs — Barbers

House Committee on Dangerous Drugs chairperson and Surigao del Norte Rep. Robert Ace Barbers lamented reports that 37 personnel from Davao City’s Public Safety and Security Office tested positive for illegal drug use.

“Even Davao City where the number one enemy of illegal drugs resides was not spared. This shows us that the problem is indeed serious and the solution is not a walk in the park. We have to take a whole of the nation approach and everyone’s help is encouraged. This bold display of arrogance by these drug syndicates is indicative of their mistaken confidence that they can bribe their way in and out of our system,” Barbers said.

“As Chairman of the House Committee on Dangerous Drugs, I call on the PNP and PDEA to deeply get involved and eradicate the source of the illegal drugs in Davao City. Spare no one and leave no stone unturned in getting to the bottom of this mess,” he added.

Barbers also expressed his support for Davao City Mayor Sebastian Duterte in fighting the drug problem in his city.

“I understand this problem very well. I was once Governor of my province. I know where the local authorities are standing right now and the pressure they are in. I will gladly share to them any information that may come my way as Chairman of the committee on dangerous drugs. Fighting this together in a united front is the only way to succeed,” the solon said.

“If these syndicates think that they can bribe all of us, they are terribly mistaken. What you have shown so far in using drug money to buy our lands, our officials, our electoral system, and our people only challenges us more to fight back and give you what you deserve, the only language you understand, death, as I call on the government to immediately revive the death penalty and send these syndicates to the gallows,” Barbers added.

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