TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- Department of Interior and Local Government 2 Regional Director Jonathan Paul Leusen Jr described the problem on local illegal drugs as “silent terrorism.”
“It is very important to understand that drugs damage the individual and the society very silently. This silent terrorism of drug abuse destroys mankind. Hence, it is better to say no to drugs for the first time and every other time,” Leusen on Saturday, February 24.
The DILG regional director was guest speaker during Cagayan Valley regional police’s participation in the “Lipulin at Kalampagin Ang Droga (LAKAD) Tokhang nationwide campaign.
“Why silent terrorism? Because people who make business out of this and make use of the fund they get from peddling or selling drugs to corrupt government and use it on other nefarious activities,” he added.
In his speech, Leusen also said they have come a long way in the fight against illegal drugs through the government’s zero tolerance, stance, and comprehensive approach against drugs.
“This is an ongoing fight and we cannot afford to be complacent. Regionally, the drug situation remains challenging with drug production growing ever year. Hopefully, it can be stopped soon,” he said.
Leusen also suggested two “essential” approaches on dealing with the drug problem: supply reduction by enforcement, seizure of illegal drugs, and arrest of drug traffickers; and demand reduction by curtailing the demand of illegal drugs in the society through awareness campaign.
He also added that addiction to narcotics drugs is now recognized globally as one of the real dangers facing the world. “Drug abuse is no longer confined to any culture or socio-economic strata of society but has entered all segments,” he said.
The DILG regional director also encouraged the public to unite and fight illegal drugs with authorities by remaining on guard and prevent illegal drugs from coming into the region.
“It’s very warm but it will be hotter if we will not fight this illegal menace. We will become hot and we will become angered if one of our relatives will soon be a victim of illegal drugs,” Leusen said to the crowd. Northernforum.net