Over 6,000 killed in government’s war on drugs; over 12,000 barangays drug cleared

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 18, 2019   •   1328

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has reported over 6,000 deaths in the government’s war on drugs.

Based on the initial data released by the PNP, 6,600 individuals had been killed from July 1, 2016 to to May 31, 2019.

According to PNP Spokesperson PCol. Bernard Banac, around 1.5 million drug personalities surrendered while over 200,000 were arrested.

The PNP has conducted 150,000 drug operations since the start of the government’s campaign in 2016. Banac said that the PNP will continue to strengthen the campaign against illegal drugs.

“Of course ang pakikipagtulungan ng mga government units kailangang palakasin ang mga barangay o anti-drug abuse council, municipal at provincial anti-drug abuse council ay pakikipag-uganyan sa local na pamahalaan, (Of course the assistance of government units should also be strengthened. The barangay or the anti-drug abuse council, municipal, and provincial anti-drug abuse council should coordinate with the local government)” he said.

Meanwhile, authorities also reported that over 12,000 barangays are drug-free. Region 1 leads the highest number of drug-cleared barangays followed by Region 8, and Region 6.

Regions NCR, Region 3, Region 5, and Region 7 are the most affected by the illegal drug trade.

Banac reiterated the importance of family in curbing illegal drugs.

“Lahat ng pamilya ay dapat sumali dito dahil ang unang depensa natin dito laban sa ilegal na droga ay ang pamilya. Doon po magsisimula ang laban at kapag hindi ito kinaya ay doon na po papasok ang komunidad, (All families should join because they are the first defense against illegal drugs. The first fight begins there because the problem will enter into the community if they cannot solve it within the family)” he said.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Lacson advises Robredo not to join anti-drug ops; focus on cutting drug supply

Robie de Guzman   •   November 11, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Panfilo Lacson has advised Vice President Leni Robredo to focus more on reducing the supply of illegal drugs in the country instead of joining an anti-drug operation.

Lacson gave the advice after he met with Robredo on Friday to discuss what she could do in her new role as the co-chairperson of the inter-agency committee on anti-illegal drugs (ICAD), which President Rodrigo Duterte handed to her last week.

The senator said Robredo’s presence in drug stings might compromise the operation due to security protocols as the country’s second-highest official.

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency director-general Aaron Aquino earlier challenged Robredo to join one of the anti-drug operations, to which she accepted.

READ: NCRPO chief prepared to let VP Leni join drug busts

“Sa security pa lang, nakakalat na security niya, mate-telegraph ang operation. But they could make some arrangements paano isasagawa yan,” he told UNTV News in a phone interview.

“Pero from briefing sa jumpoff tapos sa mismong operation, di pwedeng pabayaan mo Bise Presidente ng bansa. Pangalawang pinakamataas na opisyal ng bansa natin, ilalagay mo ang buhay sa alanganin dahil susugod siya roon,” he added.

Lacson, a former chief of the Philippine National Police, said the focus of the drug war has been on the demand side which mostly targets drug users and peddlers on the street.

He pointed out that cutting the supply would make the street value of drugs prohibitive and take down big-time dealers.

“Kapag supply yung focus mo, concentrate mo, unang una magiging prohibitive ang presyo, Pangalawa, siyempre mga big-time drug dealers ang mga mahi-hit mo,” he said.

Lacson also said that further strengthening the process of intelligence gathering against those involved in the narcotics trade would also help in the anti-drug campaign.

He added that during his stint as PNP chief, he maintained close coordination with his foreign counterparts and drug enforcement units in the United States, Australia, Hong Kong, and Macau.

Lacson also said that he gave names of some people who could help Robredo with the law enforcement part of the job but did not elaborate on who these are. – RRD (with details from Nel Maribojoc)

Palace: Duterte to take a 3-day break

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 11, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Duterte will be having a three-day break beginning Tuesday (November 12), according to Malacañang.

However, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Monday (November 11) clarified that it will not be an official leave since the president will still be doing his paperwork. The president will fly home to Davao Monday night.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea will be the officer-in-charge of the Executive branch while Duterte rests, according to Panelo

“Well upon the advice of friends, of colleagues, and the world, it seems. And most likely upon the advice of doctors also to take a respite from his punishing schedule,” he said.

Panelo clarified there are no medical concerns that prompted the three-day break.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Duterte to attend ASEAN-ROK summit in South Korea

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 11, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte will attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations-Republic of Korea (ASEAN-ROK) Commemorative Summit in South Korea from November 25 to 27.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo confirmed on Sunday (November 10) that the president will be attending the summit in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the dialogue partnership between the regional bloc and South Korea.

“He will push through with the trip,” Panelo said.

President Duterte and South Korean President Moon Jae-In are also expected to have a bilateral meeting to discuss trade and security issues.

The Philippines and South Korea have recently celebrated its 70th bilateral relations.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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