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ASEAN TEMPLATE | PH to showcase ‘bold, aggressive’ war on drugs to its neighbors

By Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, News5 | InterAksyon

Photo: Aftermath of drug bust firefight in Butuan City. Phorographed by Erwin M. Mascariñas, News5 | InterAksyon
MANILA, Philippines – In the face of the thousands of killings, the Philippines will showcase its “bold and aggressive” anti-illegal drug program and offer it as a “template” to its neighbors in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) when they convene this week for the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA), Surigao del Norte Representative Robert “Ace” Barbers said.

The country will play host to the 13th meeting of the AIPA Fact Finding Committee (AIFOCOM) to Combat the Drug Menace at the Conrad Hotel in Pasay City from July 4 to 8.

“… More than 20 years since the creation of this committee, no other bold and aggressive steps has been taken by the AIFOCOM to combat drugs,” Barbers, chairman of the House committee on dangerous drugs, said in a news conference.

“This is very timely because no other President in the country has ever taken this bold step of addressing this problem of drugs head-on,” he added.

Barbers said AIFOCOM will be a “perfect venue to share this strategy among all ASEAN member nations in order for them to succeed, as well, in their combat against drugs in their own respective countries.”

When asked about the Duterte administration’s accomplishments in the drug war, Barbers highlighted the narco list drawn up for President Rodrigo Duterte, which implicated politicians, judges and other personalities allegedly involved in the drug trade.

“One thing we should highlight is this is the only administration that named narco-generals, judges, politicians, and has addressed this problem before we can become a narco-state,” he said.

“The fact that they are already named, I’m pretty sure cases are being built up against them,” he added.

He pointedly said human rights violations linked to the drug war were not sanctioned by the President and, if there are such cases, they are being perpetrated by “corrupt officials in the law enforcement agency.”

Two resolutions will be tackled during the meet. The first calls for “an inclusive partnership towards a drug-free ASEAN community that recognizes AIPA partnership’s need to have a more holistic approach to the drug problem.”

It further recognizes the urgency to engage the support and cooperation not only of national governments and their law enforcement agencies, but also of the private sector, the non-government and civil society organizations, and local communities.

It will also call on AIPA member-parliaments to enact new laws and review existing laws to determine the necessary amendments that will lead to harmonization of the legal framework on illegal drugs among AIPA member- countries and oversee the enforcement of said laws.

The second resolution will call for transforming the AIFOCOM into AIPA Advisory Council On Dangerous Drugs (AIPACODD) and strengthening its role and mandate as a parliamentary tool to combat dangerous drugs.

AIPACODD aims to facilitate the exchange of information and understanding among member- countries in their fight against dangerous drugs. It will also serve as the center to review existing laws as well as its enforcement within ASEAN countries in its fight against drugs.


PNP asks Leni Robredo for details of ‘palit-ulo’ scheme in war on drugs

The Philippine National Police on Wednesday asked Vice President Leni Robredo to provide details on the alleged ‘palit-ulo’ scheme so that the PNP could take action and investigate.
Robredo, in a video message, adverted to instances when loved ones of drug suspects were apprehended when police couldn't get to the suspect.
The police allegedly urge the suspect to surrender before the family member is released.
“Kung merong ganitong ulat, we ask them to be more specific and let us allow those allegedly who has done this to answer for it,” PNP spokesperson Senior Supt. Dionardo Carlos said in a press conference.
“Let us be more specific saan nangyari, sino itong mga ito,” he added.
Carlos said the ‘palit-ulo’ scheme, if true, was not condoned by the PNP.
“Hindi nga ito sanctioned, wala doon sa polisiya. Hindi iyan norm, hindi iyan practice
," Carlos said.
"Ina-attach natin ito sa Oplan Tokhang which is not part of the Oplan Tokhang. Sana ay maging more specific kung nangyayari hindi yung it will appear that it is the practice which is not,” he added.
He said police officers involved in such a scheme would be investigated either by Internal Affairs Service or the local police.
“Kung may pananagutan yung pulis, bawat isang insidente na may nangyari andyan na agad ang IAS. Kasabay nyan magsasagawa ng investigation ang police station kung saan nangyari yung krimen,” Carlos said.
Robredo, in a recorded speech posted on YouTube by anti-drug network DRCNet Foundation on March 13, said the spouse or relative of a person in a so-called drug list would be taken if the person himself could not be found.
She said that because of these instances, the people have allegedly lost trust in the police.
"Some of those have told us that when there's crime, they normally go to the police. Now they don't know where to turn to. Our people feel both hopeless and helpless—a state of mind that we must all take seriously," Robredo said.
But according to Carlos, Robredo should have coordinated with their office first regarding the alleged scheme before it was made public.
“Sana nga naiparating [muna] hindi ‘yung broadcast kaagad. The same way with sinasabi natin doon sa mga ulat na paglabag sa karapatang pantao, meron ho kaming opisina para doon," he said.
“May nabanggit na 500 na kaso na paglabag sa karapatang pantao at inihain sa tamang ahensya ng gobyerno. Ang tanong is how extensive these investigations are that would warrant a case against those who made a violation. Ganun ‘yung tanong hindi ‘yung we float the numbers and then make it appear as if it is the general situation,” Carlos added.
He cited the alleged 7,000 summary killing cases being mentioned. He said of the number, 4,435 were murder cases under death under investigation and of this, 1,409 have been resolved where charges have been filed before the court.
Carlos said they have arrested 800 suspects while 500 others have been identified.
“Hindi ho natin iniwanan itong mga kasong ito pagkatapos nung tayo ay pinatigil nung January 30, nagtuloy-tuloy ‘yung imbestigasyon, pag-monitor natin ng kaso,” he said.
He said the PNP figures “have been used to represent something which is not really the entire situation.”
“We hope they present more specific details on their data. Kasi if you look at the different reports they will always say over 7,000 cases, iba-iba nagsasabi niyan,” Carlos said. — GMA News
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