By: Elena Grace Flores
Not many people knew that Senator Vicente Sotto III founded and organized the Quezon City Anti–Drug Council, which had been replicated in many local government units. He also helped in the establishment of a rehabilitation center in Iligan and very active in the Anti illegal drugs campaign in Cebu where his family roots came from.
Sotto would always pursue with unrelenting vigor the war against illegal drugs, may it be in the Senate or in government service. He had chaired the Senate committee on illegal drugs and led the Dangerous Drug Board as chair from July 2008 to Nov. 2009. For his anti-illegal drug stance, he was twice honored by the US-based International Narcotics Enforcement Officers Association, where he is also a member.
He vowed that one of the most important agenda that he will push for in the 17th Congress is the creation of more government-run rehabilitation centers – all over the country in all the regions. Why? Even if you kill all the pushers, even if you remove all the drugs in the Philippines, if you have drug dependents, they will alaways find a drug to abuse. Certainly true; if the president really wants to stop the illegal drugs trade and not just to justify his mobbish ego, , he should add more rehabilitation centers asap – no demand, no supply. Get it, Mr. President?