SAYING the government’s campaign against illegal drugs “must be won today not tomorrow,” Manila Mayor Joseph ‘Erap’ Estrada has called on his fellow local executives to stand strongly behind Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s ‘war on drugs.’
The former president said that the multi-billion illegal drug industry should be “destroyed at all costs,” especially with the coming barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections to be held on May 14, this year.
“The President has been doing an excellent job in fighting the narco-politicians and corruption in government,” said Erap.
“Pres. Duterte,” he added, “needs the support of everyone in ridding the country from the menace of illegal drugs.”
“Napakalaki ng maitutulong ng mga alkalde upang tuluyan nang madurog ang kasamaan at kriminalidad na ibinunga ng bawal na gamot sa kinabukasan ng ating bansa,” Erap noted.
The mayor also said he finds “disturbing” the revelation of Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary Martin Diño that upwards to 9,000 of the country’s village chiefs are involved in the illegal drug trade.
Estrada also expressed support to the call of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) for voters to reject its initial list of 143 village chiefs and 146 village councilmen who are purportedly involved in the narcotics trade.
Estrada also bared that he has ordered Manila Police District (MPD) chief Chief Supt. Napoleon Coronel to “closely monitor” the drug personalities who might finance candidates in the May barangay elections.
“Ngayon pa lamang, bantayan na nating mabuti ang mga kandidatong susuportahan ng mga drug lord. We must win the war today, not tomorrow, but today,” Erap stressed.