QUEZON CITY- President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte yesterday warned law enforcers not to abuse their authority or there will be hell to pay, as he vowed not to end the crackdown on illegal drugs until the last drug personality is punished.
Duterte said in his State of the Nation Address said that human rights should not be used to protect wrongdoers.
“Human rights must work to uplift human dignity. But human rights cannot be used as a shield or an excuse to destroy the country --- your country and my country,” he said.
Duterte also called on law enforcers to intensify their efforts against narcotics and criminality, assuring them of protection in case they face charges for doing their duty.
"There will be no let-up in this campaign. Double your efforts. Triple them, if need be. We will not stop until the last drug lord, the last financier and the last pusher have surrendered or put behind bars or below the ground if they so wish," the president said.
“To our police officers and other officials, do your job and you will have the unwavering support of the Office of the President. I will be with you all the way. Abuse your authority and there will be hell to pay,” he added.
He also vowed to wage a “bloody” and “ruthless” campaign against the narcotics trade, alarming human rights advocates who are worried that it could lead to extralegal killings.
More than 10 drug suspects had been killed in Negros island since July 1, three of them killed in police operations. Almost 18,000 suspected drug pushers and dependents also surrendered to the police in Negros island.
Duterte called on the police, village chiefs and local executives not to lower their guard in their anti-narcotics drive. He also ordered the National Police Commission to hasten the conduct of investigation and adjudication of administrative cases against police officers involved in criminal and illegal activities.
“The DILG (Department of Interior and Local Government) is also directed to strictly monitor how LGUs (local government units) perform their supervision functions of the police and those found not performing will be sanctioned including the loss of police deputation from the NAPOLCOM,” the president said.
“Let me repeat my warning to all: Do not do drugs because you will be the solution to the drug crisis that has engulfed the nation,” he added.
Duterte said he will also mobilize reservists for information campaign against drug use and the dissemination of information regarding drug rehabilitation programs being offered by the government,” the president said.
“We will also prioritize the rehabilitation of drug users. We will increase the number of residential treatment and rehabilitation facilities in all regions of the country,” he added.
Duterte also said military camps and facilities will be prepared for drug rehabilitation.*GPB
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