HISTORY OF PNP ANTI-ILLEGAL DRUGS GROUP
The enactment of RA 9165 otherwise known as the “Comprehensive Drugs Act of 2002” led to the reorganization of the Philippine drug enforcement system. Pursuant to Section 82, Article II of RA 9165, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) was created as the lead agency in the enforcement of the anti-drug law. Section 86 of the same Act also provides for the abolition of the Philippine National Police - Narcotics Group of (PNP-NG), Narcotics Division of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI-ND), and the Customs Narcotics Interdiction Unit of the Bureau of Customs (BOC-CNIU).
On June 18, 2003, Executive Order 218 was issued by Malacañang authorizing the PNP and other agencies which were performing drug law enforcement and prevention functions prior to the enactment of RA 9165 to organize anti-drug task forces to support the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA). Thereafter, a Letter of Instruction (LOI) from the then Chief, PNP, PDG Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. was issued, setting forth the organization and activation of the Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force (AIDSOTF), which is tasked to undertake an intensified and continuous campaign against illegal drugs nationwide in support of the PDEA and in lateral coordination with other concerned law enforcement agencies. PDDG Edgar B. Aglipay, the then Deputy Chief PNP for Administration (TDCA), was the first PNP Officer to head and supervise the newly created Task Force in concurrent capacity.
Succeeding campaign designs were issued by the PNP for the effective execution of operations against drug abuse and trafficking. LOI Kontra Droga was issued in 2005 to reorganize AIDSOTF so that it can deploy more people for drug supply reduction efforts and enhance intelligence gathering against big-time drug syndicates. Sometime within this period AIDSOTF was placed under the supervision of the Director for Investigation and Detective Management (TDIDM) as its concurrent Task Force Commander. In 2007, LOI Kontra Droga Alpha was issued to streamline the operational functions of the PNP in the conduct of anti-drug operations where AIDSOTF shall focus on the implementation of Supply Reduction and Legal Offensive Strategies while the Demand Reduction and Internal Cleansing Strategies shall be spearheaded by other concerned PNP Units/Directorates. Another revision of the PNP Anti-Drug Strategy was made under LOI Kontra Droga Bravo in 2009 where AIDSOTF shall be the office primarily responsible in the implementation of the overall anti-illegal drugs strategy of the PNP under the supervision of the Deputy Chief PNP for Operations (TDCO) as its Task Force Commander in concurrent capacity. On July 2, 2012, LOI Kontra Droga Charlie was issued where AIDSOTF was tasked to focus in pursuing national and international drug trafficking targets. Also, a full-time Task Force commander has been designated to provide a closer supervision to its operations.
As early as 2008, AIDSOTF has started its initiatives to become a permanent PNP Anti-Illegal Drugs Group, a national operational support unit which will serve as the primary unit responsible in the implementation of the PNP’s anti-illegal drug strategy. The proposed activation of the PNP-AIDG also aims to address the challenges confronted by the Officers and men of AIDSOTF, both in operations and administration.
Several attempts for the proposed creation and activation of the PNP-AIDG were unsuccessful, until finally on July 29, 2014, Secretary Leila M De Lima of the Department of Justice opined that “nothing in RA 9165 that prohibits the PNP from setting up a permanent Narcotics Investigation and Monitoring Center, so long as it complies with the provisions of Ra 9165 on the relationship of this PNP unit to the PDEA”.
With this in view, NAPOLCOM issued Resolution No. 2015-547 dated October 30, 2015, approving the creation of the Philippine National Police Anti-Illegal Drugs Group (AIDG). PSSUPT ANTONIO N GARDIOLA, JR., assumed post as the first Director of the PNP Anti-illegal Drugs Group.
Since then, increasing its professional competence in drug enforcement operation and investigation has been the core objective of every leader that followed at AIDG.
The AIDG has carried out unprecedented anti-drug campaign through intelligence-based operations working closely with international partners, which have significantly disrupted large-scale drug production and trafficking in the country. Its relentless investigative efforts and persistence in critical narcotics interdiction mission ensured the successful prosecution of local and foreign-based drug traffickers. The Group has gained the respect of the PNP, civil society and even of the President. The name AIDG is now synonymous to nightmare for all illegal drug traffickers and manufacturers in the country.
WHO WE ARE
2004 - Awarded the Presidential Citation by Her Excellency President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, for exemplary achievement in the government’s campaign against illegal drugs
2004 - Awarded the Plaque of Merit (Special Unit Award) by PDG Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr., Chief, PNP, for the dismantling of 16 Shabu factories and warehouses, seizure of ₱13B worth of Shabu and Ephedrine and arrests of 23,425 drug offenders nationwide within a period of 6 months
2013 -Awarded the Congressional Plaque of Recognition by the Committee on Dangerous Drugs, House of Representative during the 16th Congress
2014 - Awarded the PNP’s Plaque of Recognition for its significant achievements in effectively neutralizing drug trafficking syndicates operating in the country on the occasion of the 113th Police Service Anniversary
2015 - Awarded the PNP’s Plaque of Recognition for its significant achievements in effectively neutralizing drug trafficking syndicates operating in the country on the occasion of the 114th Police Service Anniversary