- Duterte ally said erring cops not enough reason for halt in gov’t’s war on drugs
- He said stopping campaign could result in proliferation of drugs in PH again
- He also clarified he is supporting punishment against abusive cops
MANILA, Philippines – The chair of the House Committee on Appropriations has indicated his support for the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the government’s anti-drug drive amid public outcry over the death of a Grade 11 student during a major anti-drug operation in Caloocan City.
“S’yempre ‘yong mga nag-abuso ay mananagot but the abuses ng cops na ito, ng mga pulis na nang-abuso, should not hinder the campaign of the government to eradicate drugs in the streets. So ina-anticipate ko na ganon ang magiging defense (ng PNP),” the Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted Davao City Rep. Karlo Nograles as saying.
[Of course those who are abusive should be made to pay, but these abusive cops should not hinder the campaign of the government to eradicate drugs in the streets. So I’m anticipating that would be the PNP’s defense.]
According to Nograles, a halt in the campaign would result in the proliferation of illegal drugs in the country again.
“Kasi otherwise, ang ano naman dito, kung hindi natin ipursige ‘yong anti-drugs campaign ni Presidente, the worst thing that can happen is s’yempre lumaganap na naman ang iligal na droga sa bansa. But that’s not to say we do not give justice to the victims ng abuses ng ating mga kapulisan,” he said.
[Because otherwise, if we don’t persevere in the President’s anti-drugs campaign, illegal drugs will once again become rampant in the country. But’s not to say we do not give justice to the victims of abuse by our police force.]
The solon also clarified that he is supportive of measures to curb and punish abusive cops.
“Wherever it leads, if it leads to imprisonment and parusahan itong mga abusive cops na to, you have to apply the law equally. Whether pulis ka man o hindi ka pulis, sibilyan ka man, kailangan patas ang laban dito,” he said.
[Wherever it leads, if it leads to imprisonment and punishment for these abusive cops, you have to apply the law equally. Whether you’re a police or a civilian, there should be an equal playing field here.]