MANILA – Three years into office and an aggressive campaign against drug use, President Rodrigo Duterte is “frustrated” of the continued persistence of drugs into the country, according to Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo.
“Napu-frustrate siya kasi nga despite lahat ng ginagawa niya ay may nakakapasok pa rin (He is frustrated because despite all his efforts, the entry of drugs in the country is continuous),” Panelo said during a radio interview with DZMM.
President Duterte, in his talk during the Partido Demoktratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) Campaign Rally in Malabon last April 2, said he is “in a hurry because there is only about three years left for me to correct the things that I wanted to do. “
“Ang sabihin ko lang sa inyo at nasabi ko na noon dito during the inauguration of --- well your building hospital here --- is that sinabi ko na dito sa panahon ko may pagbabago. Hindi ko naman pinagmamalaki. As a matter of fact, sinabi ko lang na ‘pag nanalo ako, I would like to deal with ‘yung itong problema sa drugs and then itong crime and ‘yung project talaga matatapos,” Duterte said.
Duterte was “frustrated” because the entry of illegal drugs continues even if the government has wage a strong and “harsher” war against it, especially due to the involvement of ranking government officials, the police and military.
“Alam ni Presidente iyan, ‘di ba naglabas nga siya noon ng mga listahan niyan - nung mga kasama diyan. (The President is aware of this, that’s why he has released a list of those involved in the drug trade),” Panelo said, adding that some officials have been relieved because of the drug issue.
Philippine National Police spokesperson Col. Bernard Banac, for his part, supported President Duterte in his decision to release the list of narco-cops.
“Nakahanda ang PNP na imbestigahan lahat ng mga pangalan ng mga aktibong pulis na mapapangalanan ng ating Pangulo (The PNP is ready to investigate all names of active police who will be named by the President),” Banac said.
Banac called on the PNP to do its duty and protect and serve the people and not engage in illegal activities and assured of an ongoing cleansing within the ranks. (with reports from PNA)