MANILA - The government's war on drugs cannot succeed if authorities repeatedly fail to stop the alleged smuggling of illegal drugs into the country, Senator Richard Gordon said Thursday.
"Ang laking halaga ang naipapasok. E papaano maititigil iyan? Kahit na barilin mo lahat ng mga drug pusher, papalitan ulit iyan dahil pasok nang pasok ang mga shabu dito sa ating bansa," Gordon said in a phone interview with radio DZMM.
( The amount of the drugs entering the country is staggering. How then can the drug problem stop? Even if we shoot every drug pusher, someone will take their place because the influx of drugs is unabated.)
Gordon noted that authorities, acting on a tip from Beijing, swooped on a warehouse in Valenzuela City last May and seized P6.4 billion worth of shabu concealed in printing machines from China.
The senator said he is verifying rumors that a top Customs official has been allowing drug shipments to slip past super green lanes at ports, which have relatively relaxed security checks.
"Kahit na mag-tamper sila [ng records], lalabas at lalabas iyan dahil masyadong halatang-halatang napakalaki at may favor d'yan. May narinig na kaming pangalan na sikat na sikat diyan sa taas ng Customs," he said.
Gordon said he has also asked the Department of Foreign Affairs to send Beijing a note verbale calling for a crackdown on Chinese syndicates that export narcotics.
Authorities, he pointed out, earlier said that Chinese syndicates are behind two-thirds of the smuggled drug supply in the Philippines.
"Kung ganyan kalaki, kahit na ba itinip sa atin ng Chinese government iyan, kung walang tigil ang pasok galing sa China, that means na hindi talaga masyadong mahigpit," he said.
Senator Panfilo Lacson has filed a resolution seeking a legislative inquiry on the smuggling of drugs into the country. The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee chaired by Gordon is set to head the investigation.
"Hindi tayo puwedeng nagmo-Moro-Moro dito, and I regret that word, na nagloloko-loko tayo na akala may nagagawa tayo," Gordon said.
"Hirap na hirap ang lahat, iyun pala ay mayroong yumayaman araw-araw na nakakalusot harap-harapan sa mga pintuan ng ating bansa."