MALACAÑANG yesterday said that drug money is reportedly being used to fund the terror activities of the dreaded Abu Sayyaf Group.
Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said they have been receiving intelligence reports that drug money is being used to fund the “rebellion” in Mindanao as well as terrorism by the Abu Sayyaf.
He also revealed that there are 10,000 government officials, both in the local and national level, linked to illegal drugs.
Panelo said the possible suspension of the writ is a ploy for the President to avoid being “chained” to the judicial process in addressing the drug problem since the President has to file cases against each person involved as prescribed by law.
“If you have 10,000 people involved in the drug menace, you have to file cases against them and you need to secure warrants of arrest as well as search warrants. Now, you have a problem there, it will take you an eternity,” Panelo said.
Panelo also said the possible suspension of the writ of habeas corpus announced by President Rodrigo Duterte is an effective measure in curbing criminality as seen during the Marcos regime.
He noted that during Marcos’ time, the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus was suspended and it was effective during that time to fight the communist rebellion and other criminal elements.