House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez rallies fellow legislators in the Association of SouthEast Asian Nations to join President Duterte’s campaign against narcotics.
Speaking at the 13th Meeting of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly AIPA Fact Finding Committee (AIFOCOM) to Combat the Drug Menace here in the Philippines, Alvarez said, ” We stand firmly with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in the war against illegal drugs. He has called on the leaders of ASEAN Member States during the 30th ASEAN Summit to join him in this campaign. I take this opportunity to urge you to do the same. With political will and cooperation, we will dismantle the massive “illegal drug trade apparatus “.”
Alvarez is President of AIPA and Head of the AIPA Delegation.
Alvarez stressed that Drug trafficking has remained a major security concern in the ASEAN community. Worse, the region has become a major transhipment hub form illegal drugs by transnational organized crime groups to meet the demand of an increasingly growing international market for illegal drugs.
Likewise Alvarez noted that the ASEAN community already made its initial moves to face the problem with the adoption last year of the ASEAN Work Plan on Securing Communities against Illicit Drugs 2016-2025.
“As legislators, we support this vision by introducing measures that could strengthen mechanisms to sop the production, trafficking, and abuse of illicit drugs in our countries,” Alvarez said.
He also urged AIPA member-states to enhance cooperation in the field of law enforcement and the criminal justice system, to raise awareness and educate all sectors of society especially the youth, and engage local communities, schools and the media to support the realization of a drug-free ASEAN.
Pursuant to the Terms of Reference and the AIFOCOM, Alvarez appointed as Chairman of the 13th AIFOCOM Meeting, Honorable Robert Ace Barbers who is the representative of the 2nd District of Surigao del Norte and Chairman of the House Committee on Dangerous Drugs.