Pres. Duterte vows to solve illegal drugs problem until term ends

Pres. Duterte vows to solve illegal drugs problem until term ends

The President intends to still pursue his advocacy / political promise that he will solve the drug problem until he steps down from Malacanang when his term ends.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, over the weekend reiterated his campaign promise of giving solution to the illegal drugs widely available in the country, this despite other equally important problems his administration is facing.

I have remaining mga three (years). I hope that I can put in place something,” Duterte said before members of the Filipino community in Papua New Guinea. Duterte's term as President ends in 2022.
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (photo credit PCOO)

He made this statement infront of the Filipino community in Papua New Guinea.
There is an estimated 40,000 Filipinos in PNG as per the data from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).
Duterte assured the Filipino community that his administration has already gained momentum in fighting illegal drugs and graft and corruption.
Proof of this is that he has fired several members of his government, including Philippine National Police personnel, who were accused of abuses and wrongdoings but at the same time admitting that it remains a big problem.
“Do you know ang droga hindi mahinto (Do you know why illegal drugs continues)? Because it’s money and it’s very hot,” Duterte said.
The president last week announced that he wants “the entire government machinery” to participate in the governments aggressive war on illegal drugs.
“I will issue a memorandum circular directing the entire government machinery to mobilize its assets and to take an active role in government's anti-illegal drug campaign nationwide,” Pres. Duterte said.
Also he plans to create a task force on anti-illegal drugs composed of different law-enforcing government agencies.

“What we have is the moving forward to eradicate illegal drug trade, activate a National Anti-illegal Drug Task Force,” Duterte said.
Duterte said the task force will be composed of the personnel assets from the Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Bureau of Customs (BOC), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and other agencies of the government. 
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