Based on the Second Quarter 2019 Social Weather Survey, conducted from June 22-26, 82% of adult Filipinos are satisfied with the anti-narcotics campaign; while 6% are undecided, and 12% are dissatisfied.
The most common reason of those who said they are satisfied with the government’s anti-illegal drugs campaign is that drug suspects have already lessened.
However, for the 12% dissatisfied Filipinos, most of them believe that drug suspects/trading are still prevalent.
The net satisfaction for the anti-illegal drugs campaign has remained positive since 2016.
The SWS conducted the survey using face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults nationwide.—AAC
President Rodrigo Duterte admitted that he had asked the president and CEO of the Philippine National Oil Company Exploration Corporation Pedro Aquino Jr. to resign due to questionable contracts with a Russian oil firm.
During his speech at a business forum on Thursday (October 17), the president criticized Aquino for his “idiotic contract”.
“Here is a guy who prepared a contract with the Russians and the Russians thought that it—that was all there is to it,” he said. “He wanted now the Board of Trustees to ratify what he prepared.”
“Sabi ko, ‘Ano iyong kalokohan mo na baliktad? (I said, ‘What foolishness is this’?) Given the power to draft, to prepare—to what not, and then after that, have it approved by the Board of Directors. Baliktad ang gusto mo (You want it reversed). You want the Board of Directors to ratify your idiotic contract,’” the president said.
Aquino tried to strike a deal with a Russian oil firm without the approval of the board of trustees.—ACC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
President Rodrigo Duterte has assigned Lt. Col. Jovie Espenido to Bacolod City because the city is “badly hit” by illegal drugs.
The deployment of Espenido was announced on Thursday (October 17), during the President’s speech at the 45th Business Conference and Expo in Manila.
“Bacolod is badly hit now and I placed Espenido there, iyong tinatakutan nila na pulis, (the police who is feared)” he said. “Sabi ko (I said), ‘Go there and you are free to kill everybody.’ T*** i**** iyan. ‘Go, start killing them.’”
Espenido, who was recently promoted from the rank of major to lieutenant colonel, faced controversies after the illegal drug operation in 2016.
In November 2016, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa was killed in the custodial facility during the service of a warrant. Meanwhile in 2017, Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog and 14 other men were killed during a police operation.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday once again warned so-called ninja cops who are involved in the recycling of seized illegal drugs.
Duterte believes criminals like drug pushers, holdappers, and ninja cops have the ‘monopoly of evil in this country’.
“Well, I think you are—that’s a very stupid paradigm because I can be evil like you, and more than, if I want to be,” he said during the 45th Business Conference and Expo in Manila on Thursday (October 17).
Malacañang also confirmed the President’s disappointment over the involvement of policemen in recycling seized illegal drugs
According to presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo, the President laments that despite the salary increase there are still anomalies being committed by some members of the PNP.
“He expressed disappointment over certain—[the] incident on the ninja cops. Sabi niya, dinagdagan na niya ang sweldo, dinoble na, pero parang hindi pa rin. Ayun, nangyari pa rin iyon, (He said he already increased their salary, even doubled it but it was not enough. There are still [anomalies] happening)” Panelo said during a press briefing on Thursday.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
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