MANILA - Senator Richard Gordon on Tuesday said stricter controls on the entry of contraband items will be the key to stopping the flow of narcotics in the country.
During Tuesday's hearing, Gordon said he was shocked when President Rodrigo Duterte said the country's illegal drug problem cannot be solved in one term.
"Last time I heard the President, I was shocked. I was shocked the President said he cannot end the drug [problem] in 6 years," he said.
Gordon, who chairs the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, said despite what the President said he believes illegal drugs can be stopped if illegal activities in the Bureau of Customs (BOC) ends.
"Sabi na rin ng Presidente kung galing ang 'baha' sa Customs, sabi ng Presidente, talagang kailangan nating sarahan ng gripo ang Customs."
The senator made the statement after officials from the National Bureau of Investigation told senators about the 800 kilos of shabu they seized last December.
Atty. Ross Jonathan Galicia, who headed the NBI probe on the case, said the illegal drugs allegedly pass through Customs.
"Galing sa Customs ['yung malalaking amount ng shabu]. 'Yung maliliit na gramong nahuhuli sa labas marami ring namamatay," Gordon pointed out.
President Duterte, during a forum last week, said illegal drugs "cannot be solved by one man, one president for one term."
"Hindi nga kinaya ng Amerika, tayo pa? America is under siege because of drugs," he added.
Presidential Spokesperson Ernie Abella said the statement of the President was meant to underscore the enormity of the drug problem in the country.
"PRRD’s statement further points out that the drug situation in the Philippines is a problem that cannot be solved overnight. The anti-drug campaign must thus continue to be unrelenting and unremitting while getting everyone’s full support and cooperation," he said in a statement released Tuesday.--with a report from Dexter Ganibe, ABS-CBN News