Duterte: My drug war FAILED due to PNP generals

"Noong na-presidente ako, sabi ni Bato, ito 'yung totoo. Paano ako maka-solve ng six months, ang kalaban ko Bureau of Customs, police generals. Lahat nandiyan sa NAIA. Ang kalaban ko gobyerno ko mismo," President Duterte said. "So anong magawa ko? Sila 'yung unang pumapatay tapos sabihin nila i-charge nila sa gobyerno. Kasi pinapatay na nila because all the time lahat nagkakantahan na," he added.

President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday blamed his failure to fulfill his promise to stop the drug trade in his first six months in office to his own government's functionaries.

In a speech before barangay officials in Legazpi City, Duterte said it was former PNP chief Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa who had nudged him to the rude awakening.

"Noong na-presidente ako, sabi ni Bato, ito 'yung totoo. Paano ako maka-solve ng six months, ang kalaban ko Bureau of Customs, police generals. Lahat nandiyan sa NAIA. Ang kalaban ko gobyerno ko mismo," Duterte said.

"So anong magawa ko? Sila 'yung unang pumapatay tapos sabihin nila i-charge nila sa gobyerno. Kasi pinapatay na nila because all the time lahat nagkakantahan na," he added.
Thousands of killings, mostly those from poor communities, have been blamed on Duterte's war on drugs.

"Sabi ko, kung ganun, o 'di sige. Gusto niyo patayan? Gusto ko 'yan. Pagbigyan ko kayo. Sino pang gusto mamatay? Sige. Talagang papatayin kita. Sabihin mo na ano. Ang hindi ko lang kaya patayin, babae pati bata," Duterte said.

SOURCE: VIRGIL LOPEZ, GMA News (2019). Duterte blames failure to stop drug war in six months on gov’t men. Published February 8, 2019 10:29pm. https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/684340/duterte-blames-failure-to-stop-drug-war-in-six-months-on-gov-t-men/story/

The "Philippine Drug War" refers to the drug policy of the Philippine government under President Rodrigo Duterte, who assumed office on June 30, 2016. According to Former Philippine National Police Chief Ronald dela Rosa, the policy is aimed at "the neutralization [i.e. killing] of illegal drug personalities nationwide". Duterte has urged members of the public to kill suspected criminals and drug addicts. Research by media organizations and human rights groups has shown that police routinely execute unarmed drug suspects and then plant guns and drugs as evidence. Philippine authorities have denied misconduct by police.

SOURCE: Philippine Drug War. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippine_Drug_War

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