PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte bared he has advised the Philippine Navy to blast vessels of drug smugglers using the seas for their illegal trade.
At a campaign rally in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon, Duterte speculated on the source of cocaine packages recently discovered on Philippine shores or floating in waters in some parts of the country.
“Ang cocaine ‘yan ang ginagawa ng mga mayayaman. Mahal ‘yan. May duda kami kung bakit dumami pero ang sabi ko sa Navy basta smuggler pasabugin ninyo pati mga tao,” Duterte said.
“Huwag na lang kayo magsalita, ibulong n’yo lang sa akin na mayroon kayong pinasabog na bangka at barko at kung ano pa, lantsa ng mga durugista,” he added.
Some 40 bricks of suspected cocaine were recently found floating off the coast of Burgos town in the Siargao group of islands in Caraga region.
A lawmaker has asked the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) to deploy at least one vessel in waters off Surigao Del Norte to prevent dumping of millions of pesos worth of cocaine in the area.
Surigao Del Norte Representative Jose Francisco Matugas had said the 40 bricks of cocaine found in the province’s waters were the second batch of floating illegal drugs recovered in less than two months.