PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte appealed to the public to give him another year to finish the country’s drug
“Basta ang sabi ko sa droga … I hope to finish the problem, give me just another year. Babalik
ang pulis,” Duterte said in a speech before the mass oath-taking of newly-appointed government
officials in Malacañang.
Duterte won the presidency overwhelmingly on a promise to eradicate the drug menace within his
first three to six months in office.
He later admitted he was wrong owing to links in the drug trade of several generals, police
and other officials in higher echelons of government.
The President has ordered the return of the Philippine National Police to the anti-illegal
drug campaign to help the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, which took over the lead role in the
drug war in October in the wake of alleged human rights abuses committed during police operations.
Yesterday, Malacañang released the memorandum order reassigning the police back to the war on
drugs and the proclamation order declaring the Communist Party of the Philippines and New People’s
Army as terrorist organizations.
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque on December 5 first announced the orders, but the
documents were not released as they were yet unnumbered.
NBI in drug war
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II yesterday ordered the National Bureau of Investigation
(NBI) to resume its anti-illegal drugs operations after President Duterte gave the PNP the go signal
to participate in the government’s war on drugs.
“I already issued a Department Order directing the NBI to resume its anti-illegal drugs
operations,” Aguirre said.