Meanwhile, in the same media interview yesterday, Mr. Duterte disclosed that he has ordered Philippine National Police (PNP) Director-General Ronald M. dela Rosa to form an anti-narcotics task force composed of cops "imbued with the fervor of patriotism". Therefore, he said Dela Rosa had to find people whom he could trust to handle the anti-illegal drugs campaign. They will be surprised.
Duterte said the drug problem was a virulent thing and it could not be solved easily.
The military also plans to use its assets in assisting PDEA in counterintelligence build-up and investigation of government officials and groups linked to illegal drugs.
"Basta lahat ng mainvolve ay piling-pili at hindi lang kung sinu-sino para maiwasan talaga ang abuso".
"We are ready to go back to war if given orders by the President", he said.
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Dela Rosa said the police leadership is preparing to resume anti-drug operations amid reports from local government units that street level drug pushing is again rampant.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Tuesday he would recall some police to fight his controversial war on drugs, almost a month after suspending the entire force from all operations in the bloody campaign. Rafael Dumlao II, was allegedly behind the abduction in Angeles City, Pampanga and subsequent murder of South Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo inside Camp Crame, Quezon City on October 18, 2016. Isabel, together with former PNP Anti-Illegal Drugs Group (PNP-AIDG) Region 3 (Central Luzon) director Senior Supt. He further explained that the military would not engage in operation "Tokhang", referring to the house-to-house campaign of the PNP to convince drug users and dealers to stop their activities.
"I have to do it because I don't have enough men", Duterte added.
More than 7,700 people have died since the campaign started eight months ago, some 2,500 in police operations. More than 4,000 deaths were recorded due to alleged vigilante-style killings.
More than 8,000 people have been killed in the war on drugs since Duterte was sworn in nearly eight months ago, about 2,500 of whom were killed in official police anti-narcotics operations.