MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang revealed two important orders of President Rodrigo Duterte, Tuesday.
First, bringing back the Philippine National Police (PNP) in the operation against illegal drugs and other law enforcement agencies such as National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Bureau of Customs (BOC) and Philippine Postal Corporation as support groups.
However, the PNP and the rest have to coordinate with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) as the responsible lead agency in implementing the anti-drug war.
“The first is directing the Philippine National Police and other law enforcement agencies to resume providing support to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in the conduct of anti-illegal drug operations,” Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said.
Roque added that the recent decision of the President was based on the PDEA’s lack of manpower which hampers the anti-drug operations and encourages the resurgence of illegal drugs and criminalities.
It can be recalled that, in October, President Duterte ordered PDEA to be the sole-agency in the anti-drug war campaign.
There were also reports of public clamor for the return of the PNP in the anti-drug war.
CPP-NPA a terrorist group
Meanwhile, Sec. Harry Roque also announced that President Duterte has already signed the proclamation declaring the CPP-NPA as a terrorist group.
“It’s a proclamation declaring the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army as an identified terrorist organization under RA 10168, Human Security Act,” Roque said.
Based on the Human Security Act, those who are financing and supporting terrorist acts are regarded as a terrorist group.
President Duterte has also ordered the Department of Foreign Affairs to publish the proclamation, and the Department of Justice to submit the petition to the Manila Regional Trial Court classifying the CPP-NPA as a terrorist group based on the said act. – Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue