Duterte as drug czar? Roque reacts
HARRY ROQUE – The former presidential spokesman expressed doubt that former President Rodrigo Duterte would accept the position of drug czar if offered to him by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
Roque stated that although President Marcos Jr. and former President Duterte share the goal of eradicating the illegal drug trade in the country, their approaches to achieve this differ. He mentioned that Duterte focused on enforcement in his anti-drug campaign, while President Marcos Jr. targeted officials in the Philippine National Police (PNP) suspected of involvement in the illegal drug trade.
“Mukhang malabo na maging drug czar si PRRD. Tingin ko naman nagkakaisa sina PBBM at PRRD na dapat talaga maubos na itong nangangalakal sa ipinagbabawal na gamot, kaya lang ang tingin ko nagkakaiba sila sa means and methods kung paano ma-achieve yung goal na yon,” Roque said.
The former Palace official believes that drug pushers and those involved in the illegal drug trade would once again be afraid if Duterte’s iron fist approach were reinstated. However, he noted that his former boss had already stated that he would not comment on the current President’s strategy in the fight against illegal drugs.
“Kapag binalik ang kamay na bakal talagang matatakot muli ang mga drug pushers at mga nangangalakal ng illegal na droga sa Pilipinas, pero meron na tayong nakikitang pagkakaiba ng estilo.Pero tingin ko hindi na rin yan gugustuhin bukod pa sa magkaiba yung method nilang dalawa,” Roque added.
According to the former Presidential Spokesman, President Marcos Jr.’s style is effective as it focuses on targeting major players in the illegal drug trade, similar to the current approach within the PNP. He also noted that significant amounts of illegal drugs are being confiscated, indicating the success of the Marcos administration’s campaign against illegal drugs.
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