• Duterte administration plans to establish community rehab centers for drug users and pushers
  • This aims to help drug users and pushers obtain needed change in their lives
  • The new president vowed to solve the social menace but assured the human rights groups that activities involving the illegal drugs campaign are in accordance with the law

President Rodrigo Duterte sets his sight on putting up rehabilitation centers for drug users in different regions throughout the country in order to help those hundreds of drug users and pushers who voluntarily turn themselves in to authorities.

This was disclosed by presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella who explained that the program is designed to help the drug users and pushers obtain the needed change in their lives by obtaining a fresh start, an article written by Kathrina Charmaine Alvarez on GMA News Online noted.

I believe there are plans for setting up regional rehab centers,” Abella was quoted saying in a press conference as he added that President Rodrigo Duterte “is out to exert firm pressure, a firm hand in order to deter the spread of drugs.”

Abella said the new president was aware of the number of drugs syndicate members being killed in the past days which shows the depth of the drug menace.

Known for his anti-crime advocacy in his term as Davao City mayor, the president has been very vocal on waging war against the social menace and even repeatedly vowed to kill drug pushers.

Abella, however, cleared that the president knows the boundaries of his power even assuring the public especially the human rights groups that all arrests in relation to illegal drugs campaign are in accordance with the law.

Meanwhile, the Palace spokesperson said the same applies to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), which, in a statement, said it accepts “Duterte’s offer of anti-drug cooperation.”

In positive response, the CPP reiterates its standing order for the NPA (New People’s Army) to carry out operations to disarm and arrest the chieftains of the biggest drug syndicates, as well as other criminal syndicates involved in human rights violations and destruction of the environment,” the CPP statement reads.

In addition, the NPA stated it is ready to give battle to those who will resist arrest with armed violence.

Abella said the campaign against drugs is not “free-for-all” but will certainly pass through a legal process.