PRRD unfazed by possible retaliation of drug syndicates

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MANILA – President Rodrigo R. Duterte dismissed on Tuesday the possible revenge of drug syndicates, once he leaves office in June 2022.

During the campaign rally of his ruling party, Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), in Cainta, Rizal, Duterte made the remark as he acknowledged that he gains nothing but hate from his anti-drugs campaign.

Pero anong nakuha ko? Pababa na ako. Anong mabaon ko? Kindly tell. Galit. ‘Yung gustong gumanti. Sige, hintayin ko kayo. Wala akong makuha. Ginawa ko lahat iyan para sa bayan (What did I get [from drug war]? I’m going to step down. What will I gain? Hatred. They want revenge. I will wait for them. I will gain nothing. I am doing this for the country),” he said.

Unconcerned about the threat to his life after his term, Duterte stated that his drug war will continue unabated till the end of his presidency.

Asserting his warning that drug criminals who resist arrest and threaten violence will be killed, he stated that he would be “happy” to face jail time in the event of a drug-related fatality.

Ito lang ang Pilipinas tapos sisirain mo. Hindi ako papayag na ganoon. ‘Yung iba ayaw magsabi, ‘P***** i** mo, patayin kita.’ Ako sinasabi ko sa inyo, pumasok kayo sa droga at magkahulihan tayo, patay kayo. Marami naman, maluwang naman siguro ang cemetery ninyo dito (You’re destroying the Philippines. I will not allow that. Some refuse to say, ‘Son of a b**** I will kill you.’ But I’m saying, if you are involved in illegal drugs and get arrested, you will get killed. The cemetery here is spacious),” Duterte said.

Not easy to see drug offenders killed

However, Duterte admitted that he feels uncomfortable whenever there are reports that drug personalities resisting arrest get killed during the conduct of anti-drug operations.

He only launched the anti-drugs drive to protect the Filipino people from the scourge of illegal drugs, he added.

Eto totoo, anong makuha ko (The truth is, what will I get)? Satisfaction? Why? Do you think it’s easy to kill a human being? Ganoon kadali (Do you think it’s easy)?” Duterte said.

He stated he couldn’t stand the reality that families, whose members are drug addicts, become “dysfunctional”.

He then reaffirmed his appeal on drug smugglers to drop illegal drugs.

Galit talaga ako sa droga. Huwag kayong pumasok diyan. Ngayon, nakikinig man ang human rights. Kung ayaw mo itong pangyayaring ito. Drop, bitawan mo ang droga (I really hate drugs. Do not get involved in drugs. Now, if human rights advocates are listening, if you do not want this [killing] to happen, [syndicates] must drop drugs),” he said.

According to the Real Numbers released by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency over the weekend, around 14,888 high-value targets have been arrested in the country as of March 2022 since the anti-narcotics campaign was launched in July 2016.

About 336,796 individuals have also been arrested, while some 6,241 drug suspects have died during the conduct of a total of 233,356 anti-drug operations nationwide.

House committees to hold hearings during break

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Spread the loveMANILA – The House of Representatives has authorized for its committees to conduct hearings during the five-week congressional break, extending until late April.