Philippines pledge expertise to eliminate drug trafficking

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  • Durterte’s battle against eliminating drugs lauded by President


Impulse--1-3The Philippine government pledged to assist Sri Lanka to eliminate illegal drug trafficking and send a team of specialist to inquire on the technical expertise that could help to eradicate this ever growing menace in the country. 

This assistance was agreed upon as a special benefit obtained by Sri Lanka from the President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte during the state visit to that country by President Maithripala Sirisena last week.   President Sirisena visited the police headquarters and undertook an inspection tour to the Drug Prevention Unit of the Philippines and he was warmly welcomed by the head of the Philippine police service Oscar D. Albayalde and the chairman of the Dangerous Drugs Control Unit. 

The head of the police and senior officials of the drug prevention unit met President Sirisena and the latter said that an open battle against illicit drug trafficking is being waged Sri Lanka and added that the island nation has become a transit point of global drug dealers and that he solicited every possible assistance from all the countries in the world to stop using Sri Lanka for drug trafficking. 

The Philippine President Durterte’s battle against eliminating dangerous drugs was appreciated by the President of Sri Lanka. President Sirisena said that his visit to Philippines was an honour towards the dedicated drive by President Duterte against drug trafficking. He said the drug menace is a great challenge to the entire world. The President said that if no proper steps are taken, the corrupted politicians who are linked to this would make the situation worse. 
President Sirisena described Sri Lanka’s battle against drug trafficking and pointed out that several lives of Drug Prevention Unit and police officers have been lost during such operations.  President Sirisena noted that the fight against dangerous drugs was initiated by him 45 years ago when he was a government officer. He continued that vision after he had become a member of parliament, deputy minister and later a minister.  He was honoured with an international award from World Health Organization. President Sirisena continues the fight against corruption even today and that he would take important decisions during this year.  The President also appreciated the dedicated services rendered by the police officers in curbing drug trafficking in Philippines. 

DIG drug prevention unit of Sri Lanka, Sajeewa Madawatte also accompanied the President on this tour. President Sirisena returned on Saturday night after his four-day visit to the Philippines.