spokesperson Ernesto Abella yesterday insisted that President Rodrigo Duterte has his own sources of information regarding the shift of certain drug lords to kidnapping as result of the government’s crackdown on illegal drugs.
“Ang ano ko po is... may mga comments po si President but we don’t know kung—but he has his own sources,” Abella said
Abella referred to Duterte’s claim that there have been at least six incidents of kidnapping in Binondo, Manila in the past three weeks.
Duterte earlier said there are indications drug pushers have shifted to kidnapping due to the low supply of illegal drugs in the country.
Duterte said in his speech before an Integrated Bar of the Phillippines regional convention late Friday, there have been 6 kidnappings in Binondo, Manila alone in the past three weeks.
“There is very low supply of drugs now but nagshift naman na sa kidnapping ang mga g*go,” he said.
The president warned illegal drug users to stay home and talk to God if they want to avoid an “accident.”
“Kayong lahat na suspek, oh alam namin na andyan kayo sa mga kanto-kanto, umalis kayo. Pumunta kayo sa bahay ninyo, isara niyo ang pinto ninyo. Umupo ka sa kama o lumuhod ka at kausapin mo ang Diyos kasi ang mga bata-bata ng Diyos andiyan sa labas, madidisgrasya ka talaga,” he said.
He added that the country spends over P1 trillion for the rehabilitation and medical needs of drug dependents.
National Capital Region Police Office director Chief Superintendent Oscar Albayalde however could not confirm Duterte’s claim.
Albayalde said they have not received any report of kidnapping in Manila.