ILLEGAL recruiters, like other evils of Philippine society – drug pushers, corrupt public servants, voter-buyers and other lawless elements – continue to worry well-meaning government officials and the Filipino people.
It is no wonder, therefore, that President Rodrigo R. Duterte has ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to launch a massive crackdown against illegal recruiters.
“Human trafficking is a serious problem that transcends borders,” said the hard-hitting Duterte, adding that all Filipinos, including the ordinary people, “have a responsibility in making sure that this battle is won.”
He issued the directive during the simultaneous celebration of the anniversary of a public service TV program and the launch of the Anti-Trafficking OFW Movement in Pasay City Wednesday night.
The first Mindanaoan to occupy the top political post of the land, Duterte also claimed that when he was mayor of Davao City, he once issued a shoot-to-kill order against illegal recruiters.
“I cannot imagine human beings…being sold to the slave markets elsewhere and they are tied to the bondage of slavery for all of their lives – no longer connected with their families, totally lost,” he said.
At the same time, Duterte warned overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to follow their host countries’ laws, rules and regulations.
He particularly cited illegal drug cases. “Sumunod kayo because kapag nasabit kayo ng mga ganun, hindi talaga ako makatulong (sa inyo). If at all, it would take time,” said Duterte.
Likewise, some quarters want the Duterte administration, which ends at 12 noon on June 30, 2022, to hit hard at vote-buying candidates, many of them local politicians, during elections.
It is public knowledge that the Philippines is teeming with corrupt, lazy, abusive, non-performing and incompetent local and barangay officials because of vote-buying.
Kagaya ng drug pushers at drug users, panahon na para i-tokhang na rin ang mga illegal recruiter at vote-buyer.