President Rodrigo Duterte has given the green light for the Philippine National Police to rejoin the war on drugs– but not all cops can sign up for the job.
Duterte on Tuesday (February 28) said only young policemen who love the country and aren’t tainted by corruption can join the new task forces that will be created to go after drug lords and pushers.
“I have ordered Bato to recruit young men in the PNP who are imbued with the fervor of patriotism to be the members only of the mga task forces. Every station should have one pero ‘yung piling-pili, ‘yung walang mga kaso at walang history ng corruption,” the President said in an interview in Malacañang.
Asked if his statement meant the PNP’s anti-drug campaign, called “Oplan Tokhang,” has been revived, Duterte said: “I will leave it to the police to decide. If that is the best way to do it, fine.”
The President ordered the PNP to keep out of the war on drugs last January after some policemen were tagged in the abduction and killing of South Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo.
Duterte, however, said he had to call the PNP back to the drug war since he lacks manpower to tackle the drug problem given that he also had to deal with terrorism and communist insurgency.