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Ayaw niyo sa pulis di ba? Duterte to ask CHR’s game plan if drug trade worsens under PDEA

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President Rodrigo Duterte will ask the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) what the government’s strategy should be in fighting illegal drugs in case the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) fails to curb its trade.

In a press conference Tuesday (October 31) after returning from Japan, Duterte said he was trying to “gauge the situation” now that he has put PDEA in charge of the government’s anti-drug campaign.

“PDEA has a very limited human resource, the warm bodies there. Kung totoo ‘yung sinasabi nila na it can improve the overall picture ng law and order kung wala ang pulis, tingnan natin,” he said.

“If there is an increase of supply, there is an increase of addicts, then the first thing that we will hear, mga Human Rights, ano ho ngayong matutulong nito sa sitwasyon?” He added.

The CHR and other human rights groups were the foremost critics of Duterte’s bloody drug war, which happened when the Philippine National Police was still in charge.

In case the PDEA succeeds in bringing down the drug trade in the country, Duterte said he is ready to give the CHR medals.

“Marami ako diyan sa — noong Mayor pa ako na hindi ko nagamit. Ipatunaw ko lang ‘yang huli, tapos change the emblem and — the logo, rather — and I’ll award them with medals,” he said.

Duterte said he is set to talk to PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino to be updated about its strategy for going after drug traders.

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