War on drugs always subject to rule of law

War on drugs always subject to rule of law

- in Philippines
Police officers arresting drug suspects. Image from Reuters.

Malacañang has reiterated that President Duterte’s “war on drugs” is simply a call for law enforcement agencies to use the full power of the Philippine’s law to squash out the menace of illegal drugs.

Thus, the campaign’s anti-drug operations are always be executed in accordance with existing laws.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a briefing on Tuesday that abused by law enforcers or other government officials are strictly not tolerated.

“The President says “I declare war against drugs,” which means that the law enforcement agencies will have to do everything under the law to run after them,” Panelo said.

He also cited cases of policemen who were convicted for abusing their positions during anti-drug operations.

The “war on drugs” acts as a call for the country to fully acknowledge the situation and take a whole-of-nation approach to addressing the drug problem.

“It only means that there will be more buy bust operations, more arrests and more intelligence work in order to dismantle completely the drug apparatus in this country,” he said.

According to Panelo, the government is putting its intelligence fun to good use. Intelligence operations aid law enforcers in finding and raiding shabu factories.

President Duterte promised to combat illegal drugs when he ran for office in 2016.

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