• Duterte to take war on drugs down to barangay level
  • The president-elect plans to recruit and arm select civilians to go after drug pushers in each barangay
  • Drug lords and pushers have guns and those who will go after them must be armed as well, Duterte said

Incoming President Rodrigo Duterte will take the war on illegal drugs down to barangay level and planned to arm select civilians to go after drug pushers in each barangay [village].

“The war on drugs must start in the barangay level,” he said.

“The reason why there is a flooding and proliferation of drugs is because of the inutility of the barangay captains. It starts from there. Sila ang nagakilala ng mga tao (They know the people into drugs),” Rappler quoted the president-elect as saying.

Duterte said he will recruit militiamen similar to the Special Civilian Active Auxilliary (SCAA), but made it clear that those who will be recruited must have knowledge in law enforcement and with some experience in gun-handling because they will be given guns to go after drug suspects.

Duterete said he preferred those who received complete Reserved Officers Training Corps (ROTC) training and retired soldiers. The recruits, he said, must pass neurological examinations.

“I will recruit people… SCAA. Parang [just like] CHDF (civilian home defense force) sa pulis [in the police],” Duterte said in a news conference on Monday, May 16, as he outlined his plan to crack down on illegal drugs menace that plague the country.

“They will be under the supervision of the barangay captain, para hindi matakot [so they won’t get cowed]; but administratively, they have to report to the precinct commander or the station commander of the area where they are assigned,” he explained.

Duterte pointed out that drug lords and pushers have guns and those who would go after them must be armed as well.

“You dig deep in the culture of drugs and all of them have guns,” he said, adding “I am angry about that. I am angry at drug lords who are not addicts. Those who destroyed the lives of my people will be killed. Those who destroyed the lives of my children will be destroyed. Those who would kill my country will be killed. No middle ground, no apology.”