PRRD tells law enforcers to prepare ‘good cases’ against lawbreakers; slams illegal recruiters

Published April 5, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Genalyn Kabiling

President Duterte has directed law enforcement agencies to prepare a “good case” against suspected lawbreakers after conducting raids on their establishments.

AAA13-2 President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers a speech during the oath-taking ceremony of the newly appointed Generals and Flag Officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Star Rank Officers of the Philippine National Police at the Malacañan Palace on March 11, 2020. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

And if they come up with nothing after the raids, the President has raised suspicion whether these law enforcers have been bribed not to pursue the appropriate charges.

“I’m warning the law enforcement agencies, ‘pag may narinig ako ‘yang ni-raid ninyo, tapos sinusundan ko walang nangyari, walang demanda (if hear about your raids, then I follow it up and learn that nothing has happened, no charges are made),” he said in his public address late Friday night.

“Either when you raid, you come up with a good case or else I will ask you, magkanong ibinigay sa inyo para hindi ninyo mademanda? (how much you were paid not to file a case?),” he said.

The President commented about the police raids while discussing his equal disgust with the illegal recruitment of Filipino workers as well as illegal drug trade in the country.

Duterte warned that he has zero tolerance for illegal recruiters who dupe Filipinos into landing jobs abroad.

“Itong recruitment, itong recruitment — bantay kayo sa akin. Wala. Huwag kayong matakot, wala pang DDS dito. Pero magdati — kayong mga recruitment, yawa kayo, isa pa kayo (To those involved in recruitment, I’m keeping an eye on you. Don’t be afraid, there’s no DDS here yet but… those involved in recruitment, you’re the devil. You’re another problem),” he said.

“Pareho kayo sa mga — ang galit ko sa iyo, pareho sa droga.” (You’re just like… I’m just as angry with you as I am at drugs.)

Last year, the President ordered a crackdown on illegal requirement after expressing his concern about the abuses endured by some Filipino migrant workers. He has directed the labor and social welfare departments to pursue illegal recruiters he had likened to drug traffickers.