Military camps as drug rehab centers? Possible, says AFP

Jorge Cariño, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 26 2016 04:12 PM

MANILA - The Armed Forces of the Philippines is willing to open some military camps as possible rehabilitation centers for drug users, an AFP spokesman said Tuesday.

Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla, AFP spokesman, said the military leadership gave consideration to President Rodrigo Duterte's proposal to send drug users to military camps for rehabilitation.

Padilla said the military can provide space but will need help from experts on how to conduct drug rehabilitation.

"At sinabi na din po ng ating Kalihim ng Tanggulang-Pambansa, si Secretary [Delfin] Lorenzana na ang maaaring gamitin ay yung mga kampo na napakalaki ng espasyo, tulad ng kampo natin sa Bukidnon, ang kampo natin sa Fort Magsaysay, kung maaari. May mga bahagi din tayo ng kampo diyan sa may Tanay, Rizal na napakagandang lugar at iba pang lugar na merong mga espasyo para sa ganitong mga programa," he said.

"Ang amin lang sinasabi dito ay hindi po kami eksperto para sa drug rehabilitation. Kinakailangan po naming makipagtulungan sa lahat ng mga ahensya na merong kakayahan na gawin ito kaya sila ay aming iwe-welcome sa aming mga kampo, mga facility at sila po ang gagawa ng program. Kami naman ay susuporta lang dito," he added.

What the military can do, he said, is implement military-style training for drug users undergoing rehab but only if it is needed.

Padilla also assured that soldiers are more than willing to make their barracks available as space for drug rehabilitation.

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