What Duterte Needs to Check
Illegal Drugs and Corruption is a “Super Council”
By Apolinario Villalobos
One glaring flaw in the government system which causes all the flacks in its effort to check the proliferation of corruption and illegal drugs is the lack of concerted effort due to the absence of effective coordination and instantaneous action of all agencies concerned with interrelated functions and objectives. By “agency”, I mean “office”, be it a bureau, a unit of a department, the department itself, and all levels of the local government. I this regard, I am referring to the Philippine National Police (PNP), Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
The above is very ideal. However, there is a big question as regards “trust”, because the mentioned agencies are not 100% trustworthy. Betrayal is not far from being committed by the corrupt official who happens to have become a member of the Super Council. In the past, before raids can be conducted, for instance, in drug laboratories and drug dens, the targets have already been notified by their cohorts in the participating government agency, and who are privy to the operation. In this regard, there is an urgent need to purge the said agencies of scalawags before the Super Council can be organized…the DOJ with its PDEA and NBi, the PNP and the lower courts of the Judiciary.
As to the checking of the trustworthiness of people in the government, and whose expertise the president can harness, the latter should check their historical performance. He should also make it clear that whoever gives him wrong information should be made accountable. He should learn his lesson from the embarrassing case that put the Bureau of Immigration into the limelight, with those involved being his appointees.