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Lacson hails NBI, vows to support the bureau in its drive vs crimes

Sen. Panfilo Lacson on Monday flag’s ceremony lauded the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for its achievements and vowed to provide the bureau with the necessary resources in order to boost its capacity to undertake their required duties.
Attended by the bureau’s top officials, Lacson vowed to consistently support the bureau by ensuring that its budgetary allocation is enough to boost its law enforcement assets and capabilities.
“As the vice chairman of the Senate committee on finance in this present Congress, I have proposed an additional funding amounting to P20 million for the NBI’s Confidential Expenses for the years 2017 and 2018,” he said, adding that his support is not wasted under the leadership of Director Dante Gierran.
“We have seen the highly significant accomplishments of the NBI through the conduct of various operations characterized by intensified campaign against all forms of criminality, one of such is the seizure of large volume of methamphetamine hydrochloride, commonly known as shabu, approximately 1,452 kilos with an estimated street value of more than P10 billion,” he said.
He emphasized that the NBI Task Force Against Illegal Drugs (NBI-TFAID) were able to confiscate 1,110 liters of liquid shabu, which is equivalent to a total volume of about 550 kilos when dried up.
“With the additional budgetary allocation, I am sure that the NBI is more than ready to implement counter-intelligence programs and extensive nationwide background checks of target subjects, parallel to our renewed drive against graft and corruption,” he said.
Lacson also reminded the operatives to protect their lives at all cost because “it is more important that anything else.”
“Against these enemies of peace and security, life and liberty, you stand ground on a daily basis, at the expense of your lives, in the service of our nation,” he said.
He also honored the agents who “had fallen beyond the call of duty in the name of safety and security of our people, most of whom we do not even know or met in our lifetime.”
“Taking one’s oath as a member of the NBI means leaving behind your life of comfort and ease, of peace and tranquility. Instead, you wake up every morning and risk your lives in the conduct of your duty. Between our people and the social ills of society, you are part of our nation’s thin line of defense,” he added.
Pat C. Santos

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