GEN EDUARDO M AÑO (RET)
Secretary, Department of the Interior and Local Government
EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT’S RESOLUTION ON PH DRUG WAR
We at the Department of the Interior and Local Government appreciate the concern shown by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the alleged human rights violations in the government’s drive against illegal drugs in the Philippines. However, we would like to clarify that in the drug war, we are taking great measures in ensuring that the individual rights of the Filipino people are duly respected and protected.
Rest assured that being the Department charged with public order and safety and local government supervision, we maximize inter-agency partnerships to address various aspects of the drug problem. Together with other law enforcement agencies, we implement deliberate and responsible law enforcement operations to address the supply of illegal drugs in the Philippines.
However, in doing so, we likewise do not tolerate human rights violations as we have already prosecuted the killers of slain victim Kian Delos Santos as well as dismissed cops proven to have committed abusive and unacceptable behavior in their line of duty.
We are coordinating with authorities in the Philippine National Police in ensuring that checks and balances are well carried out such as their designation of human rights officers in police stations.
And through the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs, we also publish drug-related cases to ensure both transparency and credible implementation of justice in the country.
Further, we would like to stress that in this drug campaign, we give emphasis on curbing the demand for drugs as seen in our rehabilitation efforts and massive information drives against drug use.
As our local government units are active in this endeavor, we are constantly monitoring the progress and activities of our LGUs through regular Anti-Drug Abuse Council (ADAC) Audits. In these audits, we make sure that our LGUs are properly implementing the Community-Based Rehabilitation Program for drug surrenderers and are strengthening the operations of their Balay Silangan Program to help drug users recover from their addiction.
We also incentivize our best performing LGUs in the anti-illegal drugs campaign through the ADAC Awards. In addition to this, we included compliance to anti-illegal drug laws and ordinances as criteria of our Seal of Good Local Governance award.
In all these measures, we at the DILG are fully committed to abiding by the 1987 Philippine Constitution and swear to respect every individual’s rights as we, together with the interior and local government sectors, serve and protect the Filipino people.