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Government has single standard vs illegal drugs

MALACANANG, Philippines – During the press briefing at Malacanan, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said President Rodrigo R. Duterte has only one standard when it comes to the campaign against illegal drugs.
Abella said the top to bottom instruction is that police operations must be with regularity in the performance of functions.
The statement came after Abella was asked regarding the Duterte administration’s stand on the rising death toll of suspected drug pushers.
It will be recalled that during the campaign, PRRD already had a firm stand on criminality and drugs.
In his campaign speeches, he waged war on drug lords and other criminal elements. Abella said the President’s stand remains the same.
The mass surrender of confessed drug pushers began even before President Duterte assumed office on June 30.

Criselda Cabangon David, a happy mother of two kids, is a full-time Sociologist at the City Government of Lucena, Quezon Province. She is currently the Managing Editor of Ang Diaryo Natin Sunday News, a weekly local community newspaper in the Philippines and an active member of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines.