Dela Rosa: 19th Congress ideal time to pass anti-drug abuse council measure

Dela Rosa: 19th Congress ideal time to pass anti-drug abuse council measure

By Liza Soriano

MANILA — Sen. Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa has emphasized that the 19th Congress is the ideal time to pass his legislation establishing an anti-drug abuse council (ADAC) in each local government unit (LGU).

The “Anti-Drug Abuse Council Law” and Senator Jinggoy Estrada’s Senate Bill No. 470 on the same subject were both heard by the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs Thursday.

During the hearing, Dela Rosa, the chairman of the committee, urged his colleagues to swiftly pass the measure.

The senator from Mindanao emphasized that the time is right for the legislation to be passed so that the Philippines can be free of drugs and crime.

“I am confident that all of us – government agencies and Local Government Units – are one in our commitment to finally live in a drug-free, crime-free Philippines. I believe there is no better time than now. Ipasa na natin ito,” Dela Rosa said.

Dela Rosa believes that the measure deliberated in the Senate plenary during the 18th Congress will provide a clear-cut path for its swift passage in the 19th Congress.

“Sayang, konti na lang, batas na sana. Kung may sapat lang tayong oras noong nakaraang Kongreso, naipasa na sana natin ito. However, as Chairperson of this Committee, I choose to take a more positive outlook. All our diligence and rigor have not gone to waste; our hard work in the 18th Congress helped make sure that today, in the 19th Congress, we have a more clear-cut path to follow,” Dela Rosa said.

“A clear-cut path that makes way for the swift passage of this measure into law,” he added. (ai/mtvn)

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