Senator Alan Peter Cayetano urged President Rodrigo Duterte to re-launch the war on drugs.
Cayetano revealed that the drug trade has come back out of the shadows after Duterte temporarily stopped anti-drug operations under the PNP’s ‘Oplan Tokhang.’
Cayetano said that these past 2 weeks, he has been told that ever since Tokhang was suspended, a lot of drug pushers have returned.
If drug pushers return, the killing of innocent people will come next, as well as rape and robbery, so he is pleading with the President and the PNP: relaunch their anti-drug drive.
More than 7,000 people have been killed since Duterte was sworn in almost eight months ago, about 2,500 of whom were killed in official police anti-narcotics operations.
Human rights groups believe many of the others were extra-judicial executions committed as part of the war on drugs, and in cooperation with the police – a claim the Duterte administration has repeatedly denied.
Duterte in late January instructed the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to take over the drugs crackdown, with support from the military, after policemen were tagged in the abduction and murder of a South Korean businessman.
Cayetano, defeated running mate of Duterte in the May elections, sought to downplay the drug-related killings during Saturday’s vigil rally.
The killings before were already bad. It just that before, those killed were innocent. Now, those being slain are drug pushers who fight policemen.
Citing DOJ documents, the senator claimed that there were 10,000 to 14,000 extra-judicial killings every year under the previous Aquino administration.
Cayetano ended his statement with a plea for the public to continue supporting Duterte and his programs.
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