PRESIDENTIAL Spokesman Ernesto Abella yesterday said anti-drug operations by the police are already producing benefits for Filipinos.
“We hear people say it’s safer, they feel more comfortable. And in fact, they appreciate the fact that the Philippines is being made safe again,” he added. Abella also clarified that there is no reckless bloodshed in series of “one-time big time” drug raids in Bulacan and Metro Manila
In fact, Malacañang insisted that “there is rhyme and reason in the police operations.”
“This is not a reckless exercise of blood letting,” said Abella yesterday.
It will be recalled that multiple simultaneous anti-drug operations in Bulacan last Tuesday, Aug. 15, killed 32 in a span of 24 hours even as an overnight police operation in Manila on Wednesday killed 25.
Abella said it is necessary to go after even “street-level drug pushers” to “degrade the community-based retail distribution network” fuelling the drug trade.
Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella said that anti-drugs operations by police are already producing benefits for Filipinos.
“We hear people say, it’s safer, they feel more comfortable. And in fact, they appreciate the fact that the Philippines is being made safe again,” he added.
Reports earlier said that among the casualties of a Caloocan drug raid by police was a 17-year-old boy, Kian Loyd Delos Santos.
A police report claimed the Grade 11 student fought back, but CCTV footage showed he was being dragged by police to where he was eventually found dead.
Abella said the case is “isolated.” He gave assurances that if the policemen involved are found guilty of abuse, they would suffer the consequences.
“What we can say with confidence is that those who are guilty of breaking the law, misuse or abuse will have to answer for that,” he said.
“[President Duterte] will defend the police in their carrying out of duties. However, he will also not tolerate any abuse and any breaches of the law,” said Abella.
The President had praised the police after hearing about the high death toll in Bulacan, stressing he wanted similar death tolls of at least 32 on a daily basis.