AQUINO: No drug lord jailed; Duterte only targets poor

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[1] In 2017, President Duterte promised that both the rich and the poor are equal in his administration's war on drugs. He meant that a person's socioeconomic status is irrelevant in fulfilling his promise to remove illegal drugs from the face of the Philippines.
[2] President Duterte said he could not spare the poor from his anti-illegal drugs campaign because that would be a form of selective justice and against the law.
[3] However, until today, no drug lord or huge drug personality has yet been jailed.
[4] In fact, in March 2018, Senator Bam Aquino slammed the dismissal of illegal drugs charges against Cebu businessman and self-confessed drug trafficker Kerwin Espinosa as proof that the war on drugs only targets the poor.
[5] President Rodrigo Duterte, also in March, said there is nothing he can do if poor people are killed in his war on drugs.
[6] "When you go after the drug, you have to destroy the apparatus. You cannot stop the apparatus from moving if you do not kill the drug lord and take care… Sabi nila, 'puro mahirap ‘yan'. Eh wala nga tayong magawa eh. Naghihintay siguro ‘yan sila na mag-recruit ng mga milyonaryo, wala namang mayaman mag-istambay diyan sa lugar mo, sa munisipyo mo," Duterte told the country's councilors in Pasay City.
SOURCES:
Duterte: Rich and poor are equal targets in war on drugs By: Allan Nawal, Frinston Lim - @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 07:09 AM January 14, 2018 Read more: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/960062/duterte-rich-and-poor-are-equal-targets-in-war-on-drugs#ixzz5L6vdU39U Follow us: @inquirerdotnet on Twitter | inquirerdotnet on Facebook

With Lim, Espinosa off the hook, drug war clearly targets poor – Bam By: Faye Orellana - Reporter / @FMOrellanaINQ INQUIRER.net / 05:00 PM March 13, 2018 Read more: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/974889/bam-aquino-says-war-on-drugs-only-targets-the-poor#ixzz5L6wUcdCR Follow us: @inquirerdotnet on Twitter | inquirerdotnet on Facebook

Duterte on poor killed in drug war: 'Wala tayong magawa'; Published March 8, 2017 11:01pm; BY TRISHA MACAS, GMA News; www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/602447/duterte-on-poor-killed-in-drug-war-wala-tayong-magawa/story/

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