Isko Moreno: Manila is no place for drug pushers, suppliers
MANILA, Philippines — Drug pushers and suppliers “have no space” in Manila.
Manila Mayor Isko Moreno said that this would be the policy of the city in addressing the illicit illegal drug trade.
“Drug pushers and dealers have no space in Manila,” he said in a press forum on Friday.
Asked how he can ensure fewer killings linked to the war on drugs in Manila, Moreno answered: “Yong crimes and killings, I cannot guarantee kasi it can happen anywhere in this world.
“With regard to the policy and guidance ang sabi ko simple lang: Habulin lahat ang nagbebenta droga,” the young mayor said.
But Moreno said the human rights of drug suspects should be respected in the campaign against illegal drugs.
“Igalang ang karapatang pantao, nino? Ng mga suspect,” he said.
“Gamutin [at] tulungan ng estado ang mga biktima ng mga nagbebenta, pati yung mga adik, yung mga tamang hinala. Gamutin. Kalingain ng estado [at] ng syudad,” he added.
According to police figures released on June 18, a total of 6,600 persons linked to the illegal drug trade have been killed since the government launched its drug war under President Rodrigo Duterte in 2016.
Metro Manila, despite a series of successful buy-bust operations, remains the region most affected by drug trade, with illegal drugs present in 1,515 villages or in 88.60 percent of the 1,710 villages of the metropolis.
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