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The next administration must continue the war against illegal drugs: Duterte

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte urged the incoming administration to support all actions aimed at ending the country’s narcotics trade on Friday.

Duterte reaffirmed his call for the government’s war against illegal drugs to maintain momentum and for authorities to be steadfast in keeping Filipinos safe from the threat.

In his remarks at the groundbreaking of the Philippine Sports Training Center in Bagac, Bataan, Duterte declared, “Please support any endeavor that would kill the drug industry in this country.”

“‘Yung pulis pati military, huwag niyang bitawan ang momentum,” says the narrator. Keep the momentum going, ninyo ang droga kasi ‘pag hindi, sisirain ang bayan natin (Keep the momentum going, ninyo ang droga kasi ‘pag hindi, sisirain ang bayan natin). Continue your unrelenting struggle against illegal narcotics, because they are destroying our country),” he stated.

He assured law enforcement agencies involved in buy-bust operations that he will defend them if they are accused of killing narcotics suspects who are resisting arrest.

“Do it in the course of your official duties. If you end up in a corner and the drug lords resist arrest, kill them,” Duterte added. “OK ‘yan (that’s all right), you have to do your job and preserve your own life if it’s in danger.” “I accept whole responsibility.”

Duterte claimed in May that he will not apologize for his anti-narcotics campaign, claiming that he did the “correct” thing when he declared war on drug cartels straight at the start of his six-year term in July 2016.

He promised that as a civilian, he would continue to play an important part in the fight against illegal narcotics in order to assist maintain peace and order.

Duterte was previously considered for the position of drug czar in the upcoming administration, but he claimed he would decline the offer because he already wants to leave politics.

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency’s Real Numbers statistics revealed that since Duterte initiated his anti-illegal drugs campaign in July 2016, a total of 14,888 high-value targets have been apprehended.

336,796 people were arrested and 6,241 people were killed in 233,356 anti-drug operations around the country.

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