PNP ready for drug war re­turn: Bato

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MANILA - Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) Chief Ron­ald Dela Rosa said Fri­day that he will not hes­i­tate to ask Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte to al­low them to re­turn to the gov­ern­ment's cam­paign against il­le­gal drugs if the nar­cotics prob­lem con­tin­ues to es­ca­late.

"Paki­ram­dam ko when things get worse and tala­gang hindi kakayanin so kailan­gan sabi­hin ko

sa kanya sig­uro sir pa­ba­likin mo na kami, kawawa na­man 'yung pam­ilya natin,"

[I feel like when things get worse and they seem not to man­age it any­more I will ask the Pres­i­dent to let us go back in the war on drugs, let us spare our fam­i­lies.]

"Ako na ang aapela sig­uro if the time comes," he added.

[I will per­son­ally ap­peal to the Pres­i­dent if the time comes.]

On Tues­day, Duterte is­sued a mem­o­ran­dum des­ig­nat­ing the Philip­pine Drug En­force­ment Agency (PDEA) as the sole agency in charge of the gov­ern­ment's cam­paign against the nar­cotics trade.

The Pres­i­dent is­sued the or­der amid the lat­est 18-point drop in his sat­is­fac­tion rat­ing.

Dela Rosa said he spoke with Duterte about the mat­ter and he told them to "stop" co­op­er­at­ing in the war on drugs due to the neg­a­tive per­cep­tion of the pub­lic on the po­lice.

He said Duterte, how­ever, did not give them a time­line on how long they would not par­tic­i­pate in the war on drugs which had been the fo­cus of the 185,000-strong PNP in the past 15 months.

Asked to as­sess the PNP in im­ple­ment­ing the war on drugs, Dela Rosa said it was chal­leng­ing but he be­lieved they were suc­cess­ful con­sid­er­ing that the sup­ply of il­le­gal drugs on the street had sig­nif­i­cantly de­creased.

"Sa to­too lang kasi ang base­han natin sa suc­cess or fail­ure ng war on drugs is ba­ba­lik tayo sa sup­ply and de­mand kung bum­aba or tu­maas ‘yung de­mand. Ac­tu­ally pawala ng ‘yung drugs. Na-dis­man­tle na natin ‘yung mga drug lab­o­ra­to­ries, float­ing shabu lab­o­ra­to­ries sa da­gat na nahuli natin and hi­rap na sila mag­pa­sok ng mga pre­cur­sors dito,” he said.

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