Presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte plans to launch a two-pronged strategy against illegal drugs nationwide, according to his ally, former Justice undersecretary Jose Calida.
Such a strategy, Calida said, will reduce demand for and supply of illegal drugs in the country.
“Illegal drug’s permeation is already horrible – it’s almost 100 percent,” he noted, adding that through this tack, criminality will also be reduced.
Calida noted that illegal drugs and poverty are the root causes of crime.
Duterte has vowed to stamp out crime in just six months of his presidency. He campaigned on a platform prioritizing action against corruption, lawlessness and proliferation of illegal drugs.
“I’ll clean up this country,” he assured during his ‘miting de avance’ last week in Metro Manila.
Last week, the Davao mayor’s camp bared the economic agenda of his government.
Calida said a Duterte government will pursue an education campaign aimed at informing people – particularly the youth – about the dangers of illegal drugs.
“Knowledge of such dangers will help reduce demand for illegal drugs,” Calida said.
He added that Duterte’s government will mount a nationwide crackdown against suppliers of illegal drugs, hunt down and arrest drug lords, and dismantle illicit drug laboratories.
Calida said drug lords and other hardened criminals will be incarcerated in a high-security island-fortress like the US’ Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary.
Separating drug lords from the national penitentiary’s general population will curb their influence on prisoners and involvement in illegal drug-related activities inside prison, he noted.