[box type=”default” size=”large”] Says expect more deaths in renewed drugs drive [/box]
MANILA (PNA) — President Rodrigo Duterte said Thursday (March 2) that more deaths are to be expected in the renewed campaign against illegal drugs.
“I am committed to stop drugs. This means there will be more killings because (criminals) really fight back. It won’t end tomorrow,” the President said in a speech he delivered at the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway groundbreaking ceremony in Cebu.
Duterte reiterated his earlier pronouncement that 6,000 policemen and 40 percent of barangay (village) chieftains are involved in the illegal drugs trade, warning them that the government has set its sight on them.
“You will die. Either you kill me or I kill you,” the President said.
Earlier, Duterte gave permission to Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Ronald dela Rosa to resume the police anti-drug operations on the condition that only policemen with proven integrity are to participate in the campaign.
Meanwhile, in Laoac, Pangasinan, Dela Rosa gave broad hints that “Oplan Tokhang” Part 2 will be launched soon as the drug problem is fast coming back.
However, he did not indicate when this will be started when he spoke at the inauguration of the newly built police station in Laoac town.
Dela Rosa was welcomed by Laoac Mayor Silverio Alarcio Jr., who is a retired police general and president of the Pangasinan Mayors League.
Oplan Tokhang was stopped when scalawags in the police used it as smokescreen for their illegal activities, one of which was the kidnapping and murder of Korean businessman Jee Eck Joo.
President Duterte ordered the police to stay away from anti-illegal drugs operations and to instead focus on cleansing of the scalawags.
Anti-drugs operations were put in the hand of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) which, however, has few personnel in the field.
De La Rosa assured that Oplan Tokhang 2 will not be bloody as the PNP had studied well the lapses in the implementation of Oplan Tokhang 1.
The inauguration of the new police station of Laoac was attended by Gov. Amado Espino III and Pangasinan Police Provincial Director Ronald Oliver Lee.