PCG welcomes support vs. entry of illegal drugs

Commodore Armand Balilo, PCG spokesperson

The Philippine Coast Guard has standing orders for its personnel to implement strict measures to prevent the entry of illegal drugs through shipping routes and coastlines, Commodore Armand Balilo, PCG spokesperson, said on Monday, June 20.

He gave the assurance following reports of the entry of illegal drugs through the ports of Bacolod and Negros Occidental.

“We have standing guidelines to be strict on security measures to prevent the proliferation of drugs,” he said, adding that they will look into the situation in Negros.

Balilo said they get their cue from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency that provides them with intelligence information.

He welcomed the support pledged by mayor-elect Alfredo “Albee” Benitez to boost the campaign against the entry of illegal drugs at Bacolod ports.

This includes the installation of X-ray machines and body scanners at the ports, Lt. Col. Sherlock Gabana, Bacolod police spokesperson, said earlier.

That is good, it will be a big help to the Philippine Coast Guard in the area, Balilo said.

“We will appreciate it very much,” Balilo added.*

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