By Fred M. Lobo
President Duterte has disclosed that the illegal drug problem is so enormous that it has “bogged down nations” and it will require a longer time and harsher action to solve locally.
A protracted war. And it would require shooting drug pushers as a deterrent, DU30 said.
The Senate said that the enormity of the drug smuggling has surfaced at the ongoing Senate investigation and apparently requires stricter measures including the firing of Bureau of Customs (BOC) officials.
“All Customs officials violated entrapment operations protocols for illegal drugs in the (recent) warehouse raid,” Sen. Dick Gordon said.
“Look, this shabu and drugs cannot be solved by one man or a President for one term. It has bogged (down) nations. America is under siege because of drugs and they are far worse than us,” Duterte said in a Mandaluyong business forum.
Duterte claimed that even US President Donald Trump has copied his bold warning to “waste them all” in the wake of the resurgence of opioid drug use in America.
The President added that if he had his way, he would shoot drug pushers in the country to at least reduce the threat.
Translation: An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth…
The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee said that 70 percent of shabu being peddled in the streets come through the seaports.
“And we have so many seaports,” Gordon added.
The senators added that they will continue with the Senate inquiry into shabu smuggling primarily through the BOC in the wake of revelations that more shabu is being smuggled into the country aside from the 605 kilos confiscated recently.
Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon, who underwent dental procedure and emergency hospitalization for chest pains, will be asked to testify again next week, they said.
Gordon said that with what is happening at the BOC, Faeldon should now “resign and face the music.”
“He must face the charges that will be filed against him because it appears that he has committed a lot of mistakes and shortcomings,” Gordon added.
Sen. Antonio Trillanes agreed, adding that the entry of the P6-billion worth of shabu “at the very least is criminal negligence.”
Trillanes added that if Faeldon knew nothing about the shabu shipment and smuggling, that would make him “the dumbest person in the world.”
But Faeldon insists on his innocence, saying he even earlier offered to resign but was told by the President to stay put in the meantime.
His assistant, former former Marine colonel Neil Anthony Estrella who led the BOC team in recovering the shabu shipment, tendered his resignation “out of delicadeza.”
Some well-meaning BOC employees said that the investigation should be completed as soon as possible as they are now suffering from demoralization, having been implicated in the BOC bribery or the daily “tara” system.
Yes to complete investigation ASAP. No more shabu and other forms of smuggling! No more “tara” system!