In the wake of the controversial alleged police involvement in the killing of a Korean businessman, Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael ‘Mike’ D. Sueno today affirms the steadfast resolve of the government to end the proliferation of illegal drugs in the country during the commemoration of the 118thfounding anniversary of the First Republic of the Philippines in the City of Malolos, Bulacan.
“If President Duterte is not the President right now, the Philippines will have become a narco-state in two to five years, which means all of society’s undertakings will have been under the influence of illegal drugs,” Sueno said.
He encouraged all of society’s stakeholders to take part in the battle against illegal drugs pointing out that the government, with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte at the helm, is exhausting all legal and possible efforts to combat its proliferation.
According to the DILG Secretary, crime rate and illegal drug related crimes have decreased as a result of the determination of the government and the passion of the President to establish a drug-free Philippines.
“Sa isang narco-state, ang lahat ng nangyayari sa atin ay nasa ilalim ng ilegal na droga. Ngayon, maraming nag-surrender, lumiit ang supply ng drugs, bumaba din ang kriminalidad,” he explained.
Sueno later on emphasized the role of civilians highlighting the family’s core thrust in ensuring a better future by taking part in the war against drugs.
“Para sa ating mga pamilya, sabi nga ng ating mahal na Pangulo, if you are in drugs, you are killing our children, you are endangering the future of our nation, kaya ‘I will kill you’, ganyan po ka-passionate ang ating Pangulo to save this country against illegal drugs,” he added.
In the said event, Sueno also stressed the President’s full confidence and trust to Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Ronald ‘Bato’ Dela Rosa despite the negative publicity the chief and the agency is currently receiving.
“..In (that) event that I was in, the President has signified his trust and confidence in General Bato, bagama’t nakakahiya talaga ang nangyari, dahil doon daw pinatay, allegedly, sa loob ng Camp Crame yung Korean, talagang bumaba ang image ng ating PNP, ni General Bato,” Sueno explained.
In connection to this, Sueno added that the President seeks the assistance of local government executives, particularly the governors and mayors, whom he had a meeting with in the past weeks regarding the possible means to undertake regarding the ‘drug watch list’ which is composed of names of politician, leaders, senators, governors alike.