DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 26 May) – Police authorities in Metro Manila were the subject of the tirade of an irate incoming President Rodrigo R. Duterte that he warned of massive reshuffling in the agency when he assumes post by June 30.
This after reports that a “deadly mix” of illegal drugs allegedly penetrated the Closeup Forever Summer concert in Pasay City last May 21 where five people died.
Duterte suspected that there was a failure of intelligence.
“Maraming tao ang gobyerno sa Manila. I am addressing myself to the police and law enforcement as a mayor and citizen of this republic. How come nakalusot? It’s a failure of intelligence. Alam nila na ang concert na yan, marami talagang pasahan ng droga,” he said.
The tough-talking mayor, who is known for his hardline stance against criminality and drugs, said that it was unacceptable for the authorities securing the concert area to not notice the drugs going around among the crowd.
“I am at a loss kung sa ganun karami pinagpapasahan. It was reported that there was one corner of the place where the drug was distributed, apparently sold, and escaped the attention of the law enforcement agency. It is an unacceptable,” he said.
Duterte asked where the government funds for intelligence and operations went when they failed on cracking down illegal drugs.
“Saan ang pera ng tao para sa intelligence and operations? At yung nagtatrabaho, exactly you are paid to do or prevent those incidents to happen,” he said.
“This time, every government worker must prove to the people that they deserve the salary. Kaya kung ako presidente ipa-kita ko talaga na tama yung bayad ninyo sa akin,” he said.
He added that authorities should have kept an eye out on drugs knowing that crowded gatherings draw groups selling illegal drugs, making the concert-goers vulnerable.
“Illegal drugs are flooding in the country because government’s stance against it is not so tight,” he said.
Duterte said he is planning to sit down with police authorities in Metro Manila after he takes over the presidency.
“But maybe kayong lahat Inshalla, God willing, kung aabot ako ng June 30 noontime. Siguro pagka gabi nyan mag-usap tayong lahat,” he said.
Duterte said he will consult with would-be Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald dela Rosa of his plan to implement a massive movement of police officers from the top rank to the lowest rank.
“Palit na lang kayo. Kayong mga taga-ComVal, Surigao ilagay ko kayo, kung ako ang presidente, tapos kayong mga taga-Manila dito kayo (Mindanao),” he said.
He said no one is exempted from this, not even the police generals. The same order will be issued to members of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).
“You can ask anybody from the City Government. When I reshuffle, lahat even down to janitor. Kayong mga gwardya ng Muntinlupa maraming assignment dito sa Iwahig (Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm), dito sa Davao Penal Colony. There will be a massive reshuffling so I am putting notice to everybody. Lahat kayong taga Muntinlupa you ship out. Be ready, magbalot na kayo,” he said.
Duterte said he might ask the Philippine Army to take charge of the prisons while the reshuffling is being undertaken.