THIS is not a popularity contest...This is not a joke...There are 2,000 street drug pushers in Manila as per statistics from the Manila Police District (MPD).’
Thus stressed Mayor Isko Moreno yesterday, as he again presented another set of 14 drug suspects who were arrested in different operations, as part of the continuing drive against illegal drugs which he said is being carried out in Manila pursuant to President Rodrigo’s Duterte’s war on drugs.
In the said press conference which was also attended by Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna, Moreno lauded the MPD officers and uniformed men under District Director Vicente Danao, Jr. and the members of the special mayor’s response team under Maj. Jhun Ibay for actively waging the city’s campaign against illegal drugs, stressing the need to provide all communities with a drug-free environment.
Moreno lamented that one of the suspects was even found to have turned his own son into a drug pusher, while a 15th drug user was also presented but unlike the 14 others, his face was not covered being a self-confessed user who surrendered to the police. The said suspect, who also admitted to being a drug ‘runner’ and a former ‘akyat-bahay,’ told Moreno he wanted to change his ways.
‘At least ito, may pag-amin sa mga pagkukulang niya. Gusto nyang ituwid ang buhay niya kaya naman katabi nya kami at gagabayan namin siya,’ Moreno said.
Meanwhile, Moreno shrugged off criticisms saying his presentation of suspects is a violation of human rights.
‘I respect their views. Any citizen is entitled to his or her own opinion but in the meantime, I have to keep Manila clear of criminals. We owe it to the people of Manila. Kung kayo ang magulang o kamag-anak, nahihiya ba kayo sa ginagawa nila (drug suspects)? Kung kayo nahihiya, sila (referring to drug suspects), hindi nahihiya kasi patuloy pa din sila sa pagtitinda ng droga.’
Moreno lamented: ‘About 2,000 are in the list of the MPD as ‘street’ drug pushers meaning, pangkalye, kapitbahay ninyo. Para bang walang gobyerno. Lantaran. Walang kahihiyan at patuloy lang ang pagtitinda ng droga.’