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Dumaguete City, PhilippinesTuesday, March 29, 2011
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PDEA hits ‘passive’ attitude

Special investigator Ivy Oledan of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Dumaguete City said the passive attitude of the community in the drive against illegal drugs has slowed down their operations.

He said the community members who know about these things don't care to report to them. Most of the time, the persons who come to tip them off are those who have become affected, such as a loved one or a family member of someone who has become involved in the illegal drugs trade.

Provincial police director, Senior Supt. Rey Lyndon Lawas, said that there are certain information about illegal operations that only the public has access to.

Lawas said the March 30 execution of three convicted Filipino drug mules should serve as a lesson to everyone, and a serious warning to those involved, or may be thinking of getting involved, in illegal drugs trafficking.

He said that poverty is not an excuse to join the illegal drugs trade. Don't let yourselves be used as drug mules, Lawas said.

He said there is a need to review the security measures in the Philippines to find out how the Filipino drug couriers were able to slip past local security, and end up being caught in China.*RG

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