Pres. Duterte Speaks on Drug Campaign Records
DUTERTE – Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte explained why not all records of the drug campaign can be released to the Department of Justice (DOJ).
The campaign that the administration of Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte is most known of is the war against illegal drugs. The former Davao City Mayor promised during the election campaign period that he will clean the Philippines from its presence in six (6) months.
However, according to the President, he might have miscalculated the extent of drugs in the country. Truths be told that under his administration, a lot of laboratories were discovered and many famous personalities were surprisingly arrested.
On another side, the drug war is being criticized and accused of the deaths of several people linked to drugs. It has even reached the international court.
The President has always been vocal that he won’t stop in his pursuit to clean the Philippines from drugs and as well as corruption. It is amid strong criticisms both from prominent personalities in the country and authorities abroad.
In line with the investigations on the anti-illegal drug campaign records, the Philippine National Police (PNP) announced a week ago that it is granting the Department of Justice (DOJ) full access to these records. However, based on a report on ABS-CBN News, Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte is standing on a different side about it.
Pres. Duterte refuses to allow the DOJ access on all drug war records. According to him, it is an issue of national security and not because the government is hiding something.
“We can’t give all (documents) not because we are hiding some facts that are known to us and unknown to you. This includes a national security issue like the NPA (New People’s Army),” the Chief Executive said based on the report.
On the other side, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra is on the opposite ground about it. According to him, the deaths that are due to the drug war are more of a criminal issue than the concern for the national security.
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