Although he did not name Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, Senator Ronald dela Rosa believes the presidential daughter should be the next president who could continue the war against illegal drugs of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Before making it to the Senate in the 2016 election, Dela Rosa was chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP). He was the architect of Duterte’s bloody campaign against illegal drugs that human rights groups said killed thousands of drug suspects.
Dela Rosa chairs the public order and dangerous drugs committee.
In a radio interview Dela Rosa said that the government is “running out of time” in the campaign against illegal drugs and that “maybe we need another Duterte to continue the work.” Duterte fired off his campaign against illegal drugs as soon as he captured Malacanang in the 2016 polls. His term ends in 2022.
Dela Rosa pushing Mayor Sara to the presidency finds credence in a recent survey where she landed as among potential presidential candidates in the 2022 election..
The survey by PUBLICUS released in December said 35% of respondents picked Mayor Sara in a list of 21 potential candidates for president.
Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Aaron Aquino said he is not comfortable with giving Vice President Leni Robredo the PDEA’s list of High Value Targets (HVT) in the government’s campaign against illegal drugs.
Robredo, a vocal critic of the government’s war on drugs, has requested a copy of the list as co-chairman of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD).
But Aquino said Robredo could take a peek into the confidential list of the HVT.
PDEA is willing to have the Vice President see the list of of the HVT in a closed-door meeting only in the presence of personnel with security clearance, according to Aquino.
The PDEA chief bared a scenario to explain the strict protocol: “Imagine what will happen to the efforts of law enforcement if that list landed on the wrong hands?”
Aquino said the list is considered classified information that is why not everybody must have a copy of it.
He said security clearance refers to the access given to employees on classified information.
“Sa pinaka simpleng explanation — kapag binigay namin ang listahan kay VP Robredo hindi na namin alam kung sino sino ang magkakaroon ng access sa listahan. That will compromise our negation operations (The simplest explanation is that if we give the list to VP Robredo, we won’t know who would have access to the list),” Aquino said.
Aquino also cited the “need to know rule” in law enforcement where not everybody is given access to sensitive and classified information.
“I myself has no copy of the list in my possession. What I am doing is I check it from time to time with my intelligence service and conduct workshops against these personalities,” Aquino said.
Aquino also clarified that this is not an act of resistance or disrespect to the Vice President rather this is a mere standard operation procedure on law enforcement operations.
The classified information like that of the list of high-value target is not being discussed during an ICAD meeting.
I will only face trial in a Philippine court presided by a Filipino judge and prosecuted by a Filipino, President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday, July 17.
Duterte made this comment after the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) adopted a resolution seeking to look into human rights violations in the country in relation to the administration’s anti-illegal drugs campaign.
“Look, as I have told you before ladies and gentlemen of the world, kasali na ‘yang including) — and all the governments there, I will only face a — be tried or face a trial in a Philippine court presided by a Philippine, Filipino judge, prosecuted by a Filipino,” said Duterte in a TV interview with Pastor Apollo Quiboloy in Davao City.
“I will not answer a Caucasian asking question, or white man there. You must be stupid. Who are you? I am a Filipino, we have our courts here. Why would you have to bring me somewhere else? I would not like that,” he added.
He said he does not see the need to face the international tribunal since Philippine courts were functioning.
“It’s working, I know it’s working, justice is working here,” Duterte said.
In the first half of 2018, 29 recorded deaths in Iceland were likely to be related to drug overdoses. This is a heavy increase compared to last year’s numbers, when 32 people died due to illicit substance consumption over the entire year. Ólafur B. Einarsson from the Directorate Of Health believes there is a potential drug crisis developing in the country.