PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte reiterated in a speech that arrested suspects should not be killed “when he is down, crying, kneeling and begging for his life.”
He said in a speech delivered before the delegates at the launching of the Global Coalition of Lingkod Bayan Advocacy Support Groups and Force Multipliers that drug law enforcers may only use their guns in the event of a violent resistance.
“You are not supposed to kill a person when he is down, crying, kneeling, begging for his life. That is the essence of the arrest. If he goes voluntarily with you, good. That would be the ideal arrest. But if they resist arrest violently, then you have every right also to do your thing, commensurate,” Duterte said.
The problem on the proliferation of the lucrative drug trade is a never-ending government concern and a sustained war against it is a must, Duterte added.
In the same event, Duterte also hinted at a scenario that would see drug cartels and narco-politicians in control of the government.
“But if you want to see how it can destroy a country, just look at Mexico, [Sinaloa]. They are the ones who dictate who will run for governor in the local areas, who run for the mayor. It’s narco-politics,” the President said.
At the same time, Duterte cited the Global Coalition of Lingkod Bayan Advocacy Support Groups and Force Multipliers for tediously working on a stronger collaborative partnership with the community in support of the government’s campaign against all forms of criminalities and terrorism.
Government data as of April 30 showed government drug enforcement agencies have conducted 200,632 anti-illegal drug operations resulting in the apprehension of 289,622 drug dependents. The same data showed 6,117 died in the administration’s war against illegal drugs since July 2016.
Part of the data also showed that government drug operatives have seized P60 billion worth of illegal drugs, destroyed 784 drug dens and clandestine laboratories across the archipelago.
“This is the one side story of people said 7,000 killed. Well, that was – five years I started to declare war against illegal drugs. But the other side is how many policemen and soldiers did I lose? Aplenty,” Duterte lamented, adding that he would always be at the defense of policemen doing their job.
“The policemen, do not worry, let me know if that is the case. I will defend you. Ako na mismo because I gave the lecture and I gave you the guarantee that I will protect you as long as you do your duty in accordance with law,” he further averred.
According to the President, an estimated 1,000 drug suspects are arrested on a daily basis – “And the drugs have continued to be imported, getting inside into our communities and continue to plunder the lives of people and whatever income. There are shabu and they continue to number in billions until now. And human rights are not even worried about how many children would still be destroyed and homes are, I said, rendered dysfunctional,” he added.