- PNP denies earlier reports that authorities are allegedly tapping contract killers to neutralize drug pushers
- Allegedly, the reports surfaced as a ploy to discredit the government’s war on illegal drugs
- PNP claims they can even manage to hunt down ‘bigtime’ drug lords legally
Denying the reports that policemen are allegedly tapping contract killers to neutralize drug pushers, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa further claimed authorities can even manage to hunt down ‘bigtime’ drug lords legally.
Stating that the reports surfaced only as a ploy to discredit the government’s war on illegal drugs, Dela Rosa discredited the statement made by a couple who told news network Al Jazeera that they were hired by the authorities at $200 per assignment to get rid of suspected drug criminals, an article written by Virgil Lopez on GMA News Online noted.
Earlier, President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on illegal drugs has earned international criticism for purportedly targeting street-level pushers and not powerful drug lords who allegedly enjoy protection from corrupt government and police officials.
However, the tough-talking President showed more fist on the issue by trying to dispel this view by tagging local government officials and ranking policemen in the illegal drug trade. He even named the alleged “narco-politicians” as he threatened them to submit themselves to the authorities to clear their names within 24 hours from the time he revealed the contents of the list.
Meanwhile, several quarters, particularly human rights groups, have strongly criticized the so-called ‘extra-judicial killings’ further calling to stop the unlawful act and urged the government to hold perpetrators accountable, whether they be from the drug syndicates or from law enforcers themselves.
Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, on the other hand, revealed that the President is not yet done spilling the names of reported narco-politicians as he further stated that authorities are still investigating some politicians for their alleged suspected drug ties.