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The government has vowed to put an end to the country’s drug problem but assured it would not tolerate any summary execution of drug suspects.
Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar made the statement after a Social Weather Stations survey showed majority of Filipinos are satisfied with President Duterte’s crackdown on drugs but wanted suspects to be caught alive.
“The Duterte administration does not condone summary execution or extrajudicial killing of drug suspects. The Philippine National Police is investigating all cases of extrajudicial killings and will prosecute the perpetrators to the full extent of the law,” Andanar said in a statement.
“Let no one doubt the firm resolve of the Duterte administration to put an end to the drug menace,” he added.
In the survey conducted from September 24 to 27, 84 percent of the 1,200 respondents are satisfied with the administration’s campaign against illegal drugs. At least eight percent claimed they are dissatisfied while the rest are undecided.
The survey also showed 71 percent of the respondents believed that it is “very important” that the drug suspects are caught alive. (Genalyn D. Kabiling)