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Duterte to Navy: Blow up drug smugglers’ vessels


By Argyll Cyrus Geducos

President Duterte has advised the Philippine Navy to just blow up vessels of drug smugglers using the seas to carry out their illegal trade.

In a speech in Malaybalay, Bukidnon Saturday evening, the President said the floating cocaine packages found in succession are the handiwork of drug lords.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) campaign rally at the South Cotabato Sports Complex in Koronadal City on March 26, 2019. ARMAN BAYLON/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO


“Cocaine is what the rich people use. That’s expensive,” Duterte said in Bisaya during his speech at the PDP-Laban proclamation rally in the city.

“We have a suspicion why it is growing in numbers. But I advised the Navy that as long as it is smuggling, they should just blow up the vessels including the people aboard,” he added.

“Just be quiet about it. If you blast a vessel, whether a boat or a ship, just whisper it to me,” he continued.

Last week, some 40 bricks of suspected cocaine were found floating along the coast of Burgos town in Siargao. The contraband, which weight 40 kilograms, was labelled “3B Bugatti,” the same label found on the first batch of cocaine bricks found floating on the waters of Siargao last February.

On Thursday, Surigao Del Norte Representative Jose Francisco Matugas asked the Philippine Coast Guard to deploy at least one vessel in waters off Surigao Del Norte to prevent a repeat of the dumping of millions of pesos worth of cocaine in the area.

In February this year, President Duterte warned that his war on drugs will be much “harsher” and possibly even “bloodier” as his term approaches its midpoint.

“I will not allow my country to be destroyed by drugs. I don’t want my country to end up as a failed state,” he said.

“I’m ready for hell, but I will never, never to preside over a nation that will deteriorate in my presence,” he added.

He also renewed his campaign promise to put an end to the illegal drug trade–this time with all the government’s might until his term ends.

“Kung paabutin ako ng Diyos three years from now — may tatlong taon pa kasi ako — tatapusin ko ‘to itong… P***** i** ninyo tatapusin ko talaga ito (If God gives me another three years, because I still have three years, I will really see the end of this),” Duterte said.

“Totoo ‘yan. Kayong lahat na hindi pa naka-umpisa, kayong mga bata, lumayo kayo (Believe me. Those of you who have not started yet, especially the children, do not even try),” he added.

READ MORE: 40 cocaine bricks worth P257.4 M found floating in Surigao Norte

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