Statement of Senator Richard J. Gordon on President Duterte’s order PNP to arrest peddlers of fake drugs
I commend President Duterte and the Food and Drugs Administration for stepping in to stop the proliferation of fake drugs sold in the local market. Protection of the people’s health is mandated by the Constitution; hence, the government should address issues that place the people’s health at risk.
In one of our hearings during the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee’s investigation into the ‘Tara System’ in the Bureau of Customs, I disclosed that the smuggling of fake goods kill local industries because they could not compete with the lower price of fake merchandise that are being sold in the market. We also found out during our investigation that fake drugs are also among the items that are being smuggled into the country. The rampant smuggling in the Bureau of Customs is tantamount to economic sabotage and a major factor that causes poverty. It is high time that that we drain the cesspool in the Bureau of Customs.
We, in the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, will aid the President and the FDA by continuing to investigate, not only the entry of fake medicines, but also the rampant smuggling which rob the government of billions in duties and taxes. More than arresting and charging peddlers of these fake medicines, the syndicate behind the illegal operations should be unmasked and be held accountable.