Ex-DILG Chief Roxas: Use gov't intel funds to go after drug syndicates

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 27) — Former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas called for the use of government intelligence funds to crackdown on big-time drug syndicates and their laboratories.

"Susuportahan ko ang paggamit ng intelligence funds para alamin kung nasaan ang laboratories, drug funders," he said on Sunday during CNN Philippines' second senatorial forum.

[Translation: I will support the use of intelligence funds to find out where the laboratories and drug funders are hiding.]

The DILG Chief during the Aquino administration criticized how the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte is going after the poor instead of the drug lords in its war against illegal drugs.

"On the law enforcement side, napapansin natin lahat na 'yung mga malalaki, mga nagi-import ng tone-toneladang drugs o mga materyales sa paggawa ng drugs ay hindi naaaresto. Lahat ng mga naaaresto naka-tsinelas. Lahat ng mga naaaresto mahihirap, Lahat ng mga naaaresto ay mga low-level criminals. Saan ang malalaki?" he said.

[Translation: We can see the drug importers are free to roam. Only the poor, low-level criminals are arrested. Why aren't law enforcers arresting the big-time drug syndicates?]

Meanwhile, Raffy Alunan, the Interior Secretary during the presidency of Fidel V. Ramos, described the country' landscape as a "raging forest fire."

He said, to fix the country's growing drug problem, the government has to reform its criminal justice system by eradicating scalawags.

"Marami pang scalawags sa four pillars of the justice system: Police, prosecutors, judges, jails. Anybody can free themselves from the clutches of justice and the law because bulok na bulok ang atin pillars of the criminal justice system," he said.

[Translation: The four pillars of the justice system are filled with scalawags. Anybody can escape the law because our pillars are rotten.]

He also expressed his support for reinstating death penalty for drug-related crimes.

"I would like to impose the death penalty for drug-related crimes, especially against the syndicates who undermine the society and undermine our government," Alunan said later in the forum.