MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said he is also barring the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) from being involved in anti-illegal drug operations.
In a speech in Davao City, Duterte said the NBI is now barred from carrying out anti-drug operations, adding the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in the meantime will lead government efforts to combat drugs. “As of now, there are no policemen in the entire country [enforcing drug laws], and I want to add even the NBI. The bureau is suspended from enforcing drug laws. Kasali kayo,” Duterte said.
“Kasi nawalaan na ako ng tiwala sa iyo,” he said. Duterte recently ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) anti-illegal drugs unit to halt its operations in wake of the killing of a Korean national at the hands of rogue cops.
The kidnap-slay of Korean Jee Ick-joo has put the PNP on the spotlight after it was discovered that police officials killed the victim inside the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame. Several NBI agents have also been implicated in the killing of Korean national Jee Ick-joo.