By Genalyn Kabiling
The country’s policemen will be the “first to go” if they get involved in illegal drugs, President Duterte warned recently amid his harsh campaign against the narcotics trade.
The President said he has reminded cops to perform their job in accordance with the law, and not get embroiled with illegal drugs, or else risk death.
“I think that’s why we have a better police now because I also told them do not go into drugs. You will die. Do not ever think that you are a police or you are exempted. You will be the first to go. That would be the rule until the end of my term,” he said during an agrarian reform event in Davao City last Friday.
“My advice? Just do what is right. Period. Just do what is legal. Period. And you will not have any problem with me or with government,” he added.
The President also warned other people involved in narcotics trade, including foreign traffickers, saying he would not allow the country, especially the youth, to be destroyed by illegal drugs.
“Do not mess up with drugs because I will kill you. If you are foreigners, [Sinaloa], better — better be very fast because if we meet in one corner, you will die,” said Duterte, who has waged a relentless anti-drug crackdown that left more than 5,000 drug suspects dead.
In battling the drug menace, the President maintained that the country needed the children who will become the next set of leaders and take care of their elders.
“We cannot afford our children to be destroyed because if there is no one to take care of us, then the quality of life, and then the economy will suffer and we’d go kaput. And at the end of the day, who’s to blame? It’s the President,” he said.
The lower crime rate as a result of the intensified peace and order campaign was one of the achievements highlighted by the administration halfway through the President’s six-year term.
In his midterm report to the nation, the President admitted that the government still had a long way to go in addressing the drug menace amid the sheer magnitude of the problem.
But with the government’s intensified efforts, Duterte expressed confidence that “we will be able to stop the scourge of illegal drugs.”