Former DILG Chief Roxas: 'Use gov't intel funds to crackdown big-time drug syndicates'

Former DILG secretary Mar Roxas / photo from CNN

Manila, Philippines- Senatorial candidate Mar Roxas called on the administration of President Duterte to use government intelligence funds instead to crackdown big-time drug syndicates and their laboratories.

"Susuportahan ko ang paggamit ng intelligence funds para alamin kung nasaan ang laboratories, drug funders," the former Interior Secretary said during CNN’s Senatorial Forum.

(I will support the use of intelligence funds to trace where the laboratories, drug funders are hiding)
Roxas criticized Duterte administration on its fight against illegal drugs saying that only those who are poor are being targeted instead of the bigger fish.

"On the law enforcement side, napapansin natin lahat na 'yung mga malalaki, mga nagi-import ng tone-toneladang drugs o mga materyales sa paggawa ng drugs ay hindi naaaresto. Lahat ng mga naaaresto naka-tsinelas. Lahat ng mga naaaresto mahihirap, Lahat ng mga naaaresto ay mga low-level criminals. Saan ang malalaki?" he said.

(We can all see that bigger drug importers are still free, not being arrested. Only the poor, low-level criminals are apprehended. Where are the big time drug syndicates?)

During the said senatorial forum, Roxas also criticized the lowering the age of criminal responsibility.

"Eighteen years old ang age of majority. Bakit natin paparusahan, bakit natin ikukulong ang mga kabataan sa mas murang edad na 12 or nine?" he said

(18 years old is the age of majority. Why would we punish, why would we jail our children at a much younger age at 12 or nine?)

The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed on second reading the House Bill No. 8858 which seeks to lower the minimum age of criminal liability of child offenders to 12 years old, instead of nine as initially proposed.

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