Duterte gives stern warning to people in drugs as he deplores high cost (P216B a year) of drug menace
PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte advised drug personalities to stay home or face the risk of being killed.
In fact, the President said he will soon issue an order compelling drug suspects to stay indoors or be killed.
“In the coming days, I will make it a must, a mandate na lahat kayo na natamaan ng droga ‘wag kayong lumabas ng bahay. Wala man akong presuhan, pumasok kayo sa bahay ninyo, mag-lock kayo. Pagka lumabas kayo, p---i n’yo papatayin ko kayo, ‘pag nakita ko kayong lumabas,” Duterte said during the San Beda Law alumni homecoming at the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City as he announced he plans to make the positive effects of his war on drugs permanent.
The President cited estimates that the illegal drug trade is worth at least P216 billion annually.
He made the statement after making a computation of how big the illegal drugs industry in the country is based on an the estimated P200 per day that three million addicts spend on drugs.
This totals to at least P216 billion a year.
“Where do they get P200 to sustain their [addiction]? They rob, they kill, hold-up dito sa Manila. Medyo ngayon wala na, but that's only... for the moment lang 'yan, takot kasi eh. Wala na ang mga istambay... How de we make it permanent?” the President explained.
“Can we legislate (in) Congress, can we legislate fear, respect of the law? Wala. Hindi mo puwedeng tapik-tapikin ‘Kawawa naman ang Pilipino, huminto ka na,’” he added.
He said that by the end of November, he will submit his report on the drug war to the National Security Council, the Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives.
“Let us formulate (a plan) how to prevent a disaster for the next generation,” he said, insisting that more than terrorism, drugs are the most serious problem in the country. “Droga ang pinaka because it would leave in its wake so many insane persons.”
Duterte said in his speech that with the help of all concerned law enforcement agencies, his administration has already finished validating a list of people in government, including mayors and barangay chairmen, policemen, and members of the judiciary who are involved in illegal drugs.
He reiterated in his speech that before he became president, he was confident that he would be able to solve the country’s drug problem in several months time.
“So noong nanalo ako, I named already known personalities. But to my horror, after the so many names that I mentioned, the final report of the PDEA (Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency), from all sources collated, from the national intelligence community, NBI, lahat. Binigyan ako ng kopya ganun kakapal, sabi ko medyo problema ito... Tinawagan ko ang Cabinet sabi ko hindi ko ito kaya,” he said.
He added: “And even if assuming na sinasabi nila na pinapatay ko, sinasabi ko sa kanila I will run out of time and bullets because of this report.”