MANILA, Philippines – Anti-narcotics chief Arturo Cacdac on Thursday said he is planning to conduct an internal cleansing of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency after the agency was embroiled in an extortion controversy involving a suspected drug lord.
In his first command conference at the PDEA office, the new PDEA chief said he is planning to institute a transformational kind of leadership in the agency.
He said his administration will focus mainly on the supply-reduction of illegal drugs and the internal cleansing of the organization and agency.
Cacdac said he will evaluate the performance of PDEA officers but has no plans for now to reshuffle or replace any of them.
He said that prior to his appointment; he received a call from Malacanang 2 weeks ago that he is being considered for the position of PDEA director general.
Cacdac replaces ex-PDEA chief Jose Gutierrez, who was linked to the alleged P8 million extortion of drug suspect Mark Sy Tan. He was deemed “resigned” from the post after he received Cacdac’s appointment papers Wednesday.
Asked why there was no official turnover ceremony, Cacdac said Gutierrez told him to assume office today.