Duterte implicates 40 judges in drug trade

Rhadyz B. Barcia
Duterte implicates 40 judges in drug trade
The President tells the Army’s 9th Infantry Division in Pili, Camarines Sur: 'If the drug problem outlasts me for unknown reason...continue this fight against drugs. Do not abandon me.'

CAMARINES SUR, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has implicated 40 judges in the country’s drug trade, along with Chinese nationals and a certain Diana Lagman from Pampanga.

The President said that these 40 judges are assigned in various regions.

The new list of personalities engaging in the drug menace was given to military and police officials in Bicol during Duterte’s visit to the Army’s 9th Infantry Division on Wednesday afternoon, September 21. (READ ALSO: Duterte names officials linked to drugs)

There are 40 judges distributed all around the country, Chinese nationals, and Diana Lagman of Pampanga. If the drug problem outlasts me for unknown reason or I’ll die, continue this fight against drugs, do not abandon me,” he told soldiers. 

He said that he doesn’t want Martial Law, but the technicalities of the law are giving him a hard time.

“The Philippines will be destroyed by drugs. I don’t want Martial Law, but the technicality of the law is giving me difficulties to deal with the problem,” he told the 5,000 soldiers of the Army’s 9th Infantry Division in Pili, Camarines Sur.

Duterte said that the drug menace in the country is very disturbing as the fight is taking place in the government, with drugs peddled not just on the streets but within the New Bilibid prison.

“What is very disturbing about this country now, ang droga kasi within the government na ang away (the fight against illegal drugs has reached the government). If you want to buy shabu, you have to go to penal colony and Bilibid,” the President said.

“Drugs will destroy your children, grandchildren, and the next generation. If I die, continue the fight against drugs, it’s your country, it’s my country. Do not abandon me. Resolve our drug problems in the country,” the President told the officers and non-commissioned officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in Bicol.

The President’s visit to the regional military command was also his first visit to the Bicol region since winning in the May 2016 elections. – Rappler.com

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