- The DILG created a new task force to assist other government agencies to go after government officials involved in illegal drugs
- The Task force is called Task Force DIGONG
- TF DIGONG will be chaired by DILG Secretary Ismael Sueño
The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), following President Rodrigo Duterte’s pronouncement naming high-ranking government officials who are allegedly protecting drug syndicates, created a new task force that will go after government officials involved in the illicit drug trade .
The inter-agency group is called Task Force DILG Inter-Government Operations Network Group or Task Force DIGONG. Digong is President Duterte’s nickname.
Task Force DIGONG will be chaired by DILG Secretary and concurrent National Police Commission (Napolcom) chairperson Ismael Sueño, while DILG Undersecretary for Operations Atty. John Castriciones will act as its deputy chair.
The primary task of Task Force DIGONG, according to Sueño, is to assist the Napolcom and other relevant government agencies in the investigation of government officials involved in illegal drugs.
“With so many top government officials being linked to illegal drugs, Task Force DIGONG will seek to find the truth so that those who are guilty will face the full force of the law, while those who are innocent will be cleared,” Sueño said in a press release on Wednesday, July 20.
The task force, whose members include representatives from the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection, Bureau of Jail Managemant and Penology, Philippines Public Safety College, Local Government Academy and local government officials, shall gather evidence to be used in the case build-up against erring government officials.
The task force, based on the results of its findings, will prepare recommendations that will be forwarded to Napolcom or the appropriate government agency for the filing of administrative and/or criminal charges, if applicable.
“The President has imposed a three to six month-deadline against illegal drugs. TF DIGONG will help make this happen through better cooperation among agencies and faster, immediate action,” Sueño said.