THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Davao said the extension of martial law will help deter the transport of illegal drugs in the region due to the stringent measures at checkpoint beyond visuals.

PDEA-Davao Director Antonio Rivera, during the AFP-PNP Press Corps Forum at The Royal Mandaya Hotel on Thursday, December 14, said it is expected that more security forces will be deployed on the ground to conduct static and random checkpoints.

The measure will trigger apprehension on the part of the illegal drug coddlers to transport the illegal substance for fear that they might undergo thorough inspection since troops will no longer just perform visual inspection but are also authorized to request the drivers to open their compartment to see the content of their vehicle.

“This will naturally create fear sa mga tao na gustong gumawa ng masama especially those who transport illegal drugs here,” Rivera said.

He added, “They will be afraid na baka along the way, they will be intercepted during the conduct of checkpoints and the operation Kapkap carried out by security forces.”

The people will also feel safer because more troops and additional police will be visible on the ground to ensure public security not only at checkpoints.

“It is very advantageous. It will create a sense of security and safety bit for the few who would create the it would also cause anxiety and fear sa ilaha [criminals],” he said.