Military units to support PDEA in anti-drug ops — DND chief

MANILA — Military units will be supporting the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in its anti-drug operations, said Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Thursday.

“One of the marching orders given to me by the President is to help the PDEA, so we will now have troops (and units) on stand-by to help PDEA Director Isidro Lapeña in case they encounter heavily armed drug perpetrators and require support or reinforcement,” he said in Filipino.

Lorenzana said that he has opened all military camps, especially the big ones, for the establishment of drug rehabilitation centers, as stated by President Rodrigo R. Duterte in his first State-of-the-Nation Address (SONA).

Camps under this category are Fort Magsaysay in Palayan City, Nueva Ecja; Camp Macario Peralta in Jamindan, Capiz; Camp Kibaritan in Bukidnon; and Camp Tomas Capinpin in Tanay, Rizal.

Lorenzana said these facilities are ideal for rehabilitation purposes as they have sufficient space for recreation and work, especially for planting. Priam Nepomuceno/PNA/