The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency on Friday said it would acknowledge and respect the decision of the Court of Appeals ordering the deletion of Leyte Rep. Vicente Veloso III from the Inter-Agency Drug Information Database (IDID), and the destruction of all documents, records, and information related to his inclusion in the list.
“PDEA, as one of the executive arms of the government, is bound to abide by and follow the rule of law. However, we defer all our actions,” the PDEA statement read.
“Upon assumption of the Director General (Wilkins Villanueva), he immediately ordered the conduct of validation and adjudication at the regional level of all personalities included in the IDID,” it added.
To show the government’s resolve in validating the list, no less than the heads of the concerned agencies who are members of the Review, Evaluation and Management of Inter-Agency Drug Information Database (REMIDID) Committee met last month to hasten and facilitate the adjudication process, PDEA said.
“PDEA reassures the public of its commitment, dedication, and determination in achieving drug-resistant and self-policing communities in the future,” it said.