• Anti-narcotics agency said Davao City mayor’s camp asked for a list of persons involved in drug trade
  • PDEA-6 regional director confirmed the request, said they were advised to submit the list
  • He said PDEA will cooperate with Duterte’s mandate “within the bounds of the law”
  • He also warned drug dealers to stop their illicit activities now and to not wait for Duterte to go after them

MANILA, Philippines – Is this Digong’s first big step to fulfilling his promise to wipe out crime and corruption in three to six months?

In an interview with the The Daily Guardian, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-6 regional director Paul Ledesma confirmed the request made by the camp of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for the country’s anti-narcotics agency to submit a list of known drug personalities from its database.

“We were already advised to update and submit our list for the national security workshop. We assume that in our last national intelligence workshop, the list might be submitted to him Duterte when he assumes office on July 1,” he said.

Ledesma added that although PDEA will comply with Duterte’s mandate to go after drug pushers, they will do so without breaking the law.

“We will work within the bounds of law,” he said.

At the same time, Ledesma also warned those in the illegal drug trade to immediately cease their activities while they still have the chance — unless they want to end up on Duterte’s wrong side.

“Maybe this is already time that we should not wait for the new president to sit. They should decide if they will wait for the president’s next move or stop with what you are doing,” he said.

Duterte, the country’s incoming president, has regularly stated his platform will prioritize reducing criminality in the country — including the sale and proliferation of illegal drugs.