Thinking Pinoy: PNP Generals and PH Narcopolitics: Jesse Robredo's murder holds key?

July 12, 2016

PNP Generals and PH Narcopolitics: Jesse Robredo's murder holds key?


Stripped down to the basics, drug trafficking is a business, and the businessmen behind it are doing one hell of a job in this country. That’s something we already know. Just look at how many drug addicts we have right now.
In February 2015, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) reported that 92 percent of Metro Manila barangays are drug-affected [Star], while 20 percent – or one in every five – barangays nationwide are also drug-affected [MT]. In October 2015, PDEA even went as far as saying that 7 NCR cities plus the municipality of Pateros have 100% drugs affectation rate [GMA].
To make matters worse, more and more drug syndicates are entering our borders. That’s also something we already know. Just look at what PDEA said last year.
In July 2015, PDEA chief Arturo Cacdac Jr. admitted that West African, Mexican, North Korean, and Chinese drug syndicates originally used the country solely as a transit point, but things have changed. What used to be just a transit point became part of their market [Star].
To make matter even worse, drug syndicates maintain cordial working relationships with public officials in order to evade arrest or worse, enhance market penetration. That’s also something we already know. Just look at how PDEA chronically neglects to gather data about PH Narcopolitics.
In February 2016, PDEA Public Information Office (PIO) chief Glen Malapad admitted they “have no data to gauge regarding how serious is the threat of Narcopolitics in the country.” For the lack of meaningful data, Malapad said they can only pin down barangay officials [MT].
But...


Is Narcopolitics new?

Narcopolitics refers to complex web of relationships between drug syndicates and people in government. The problem has become so bad that the new Duterte administration considers this problem as a national security threat.

Attributing this phenomenon to sheer chronic government incompetence is just too easy. Besides, we can see how the past administration can be so efficient in mobilizing the government hierarchy to destroy its political opponents. Just take Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez, Vice-president Jejomar Binay, and most poignantly, Chief Justice Renato Corona as prime examples.

On the rise of Philippine Narcopolitics, there seems to be a willful negligence on the government’s part. But the past administration loves alibis, right?

The only possible alibi I can think og is the claim that Philippine Narcopolitics is some newfangled reality.

This alibi, however, will not fly.
In as early as 2010, national-level officials Gibo Teodoro and Tito Sotto have acknowledged its existence, with Sotto stating that some candidates’ campaigns may have been supported by drug money [AE]. 
The Inquirer reportedly said in 2010, “The good news is no (2010) presidential candidate seems to be funded by drug money. The bad news: at the local level, in certain areas… the influence of drug money is real; it makes business sense for operators to place or keep friendly politicians in office, and during elections not too many politicians bother to return cash donations.”

PH Narcopolitics existed even as far back as 2001.

Filipino Narcopolitics is nothing new, we have known it since the early 2000s.
In 2001, Panukalan Quezon mayor Ronnie Tena Mitra, in conspiracy with Chinese national Willie Yao, were caught transporting 15 sacks of shabu (methamphetamine) using a government-owned ambulance. Mitra even had the balls to use his Hyundai Starex van, sporting a special license plate marked "Mayor", to escort the ambulance [Star]
In 2002, former DILG Sec. Joey Lina even acknowledged that “Narcopolitics is… a coming menace” [Star]. Nevertheless, PDEA chose a path of inaction from 2001 to this day. Yes, we have no substantial PDEA-led Narcopolitics research for 15 years and running.

How did it get this bad? I do not have the complete answer.

However, One thing is clear at this point: Narcopolitics exists in local government units (LGUs).
SIDE NOTE: It’s interesting to note that in 2010, the Inquirer zealously pointed out that Narcopolitics has yet to infect national officials. What gave Inquirer the idea? Hasty conclusion as usual?
The developments of the 2016 elections suggest that times have changed.

From Local to National

Something that infects many LGUs will surely infect the national government as national officials claim to depend on LGUs for support during electoral campaigns.
In April 2016, LP Stalwart and Camarines Sur Rep. Salvio Fortuno, chairman of the House Committee on Poverty Alleviation, said Roxas has maintained the loyalty of the administration party which has remained the biggest and most unified political group in the country. Fortuno was confident of Roxas win because the opposition forces are “hopelessly divided” and have no political machinery [MB].
Fortuno, like many other LP stalwarts, basically believe that support from LGU leaders is the single biggest factor in winning the elections. That is, the abstract concept of “Political Machinery” is but a euphemism for solid LGU-led grassroots support.



Mar Roxas made this plenty clear as he allied himself with the following political dynasties:
1. The Romualdos of Camiguin [SunStar]
2. The Ortegas of La Union [Philstar]
3. The Akbars of Basilan [Philstar]
4. The Tans of Sulu [Manila Bulletin]
5. The Sahalis of Tawi-tawi [Rappler]
6. The Mangudadatus of Maguindanao [Interaksyon]
7. The Alonto/Lucmans of Lanao [Inquirer]
8. The Delosos of Zambales [Inquirer]
9. The Ortegas of La Union [Rappler]
10. The Pinedas of Pampanga [Rappler]
11. The Dys of Isabela [Inquirer]
Okay, let’s pause for a second and connect the dots.

  1. The first stipulation is that Narcopolitics have permeated local government units. 
  2. The second stipulation is that LP believes that support from local government units is integral to winning national elections. 
  3. Thus, it is reasonable to conclude that narcopolitical LGUs support national candidates who will best serve their narcopolitical interests.

Yes, ThinkingPinoy can concede that Narcopolitics may be confined to the local officials back in 2010. But if the 2016 Liberal Party itself puts so much weight on the importance of LGU support in campaigns, then Narcopolitics has infected the national government for quite some time now.

The Liberal party should be aware of it because PDEA Undersecretary Grepor Belgica himself warned Aquino about the alarming state of PH Narcopolitics.

“PNoy said, di daw problema and droga. Kaya nag resign ako,” Belgica said.

PNoy ignores PDEA Reports
In a meeting with #PresidentDuterte, who was still Davao City Mayor at the time, PDEA ex-Usec Grepor Belgica said,"Before I resigned from the DDB... PNoy said hindi raw problema ang droga... Nagresign ako dahil delikado buhay ko... After submitting (a list of) 52 narcopolitics (personalities), e hindi daw problema po iyan."

LEARN MORE: PNP Generals and PH Narcopolitics: Jesse Robredo's murder holds key?
LINK: http://www.thinkingpinoy.net/2016/07/pnp-generals-and-ph-narcopolitics-jesse-robredo.html
Posted by Thinking Pinoy on Monday, July 11, 2016

The same principle – the heavy reliance on “political machinery” – also applies to Vice-president Jejomar Binay’s 2016 presidential campaign [Inq].

Apparently, the Aquino Administration, virtually synonymous to the Liberal Party, is entangled in this drug mess. But how exactly?

If ThinkingPinoy were LP’s head, I will use resources at my disposal ensure LGU support. Conveniently, LP controlled national government resources from 2010 to 2016 [TP: How to get away with Plunder], so what national resource can be the biggest enemy of drug cartels?

The Philippine National Police.

PNP’s complicity

Let’s pause for another second and let’s state a few obvious facts:
Drugs can’t be sold on the streets if community policemen do their job so it’s safe to conclude that there’s something preventing them from doing so. Normally, these small-fry policemen will report this “inability” to their superiors so the higher-ups can do something about it. 
However, the fact of the matter is the drug menace has gotten so bad over the years, so the higher-ups are not – or are incapable of – doing their job, then they file reports to their superiors and and so on and so forth, until we reach a dead end: the PNP’s top-level management. 
The dead end is the group of PNP generals. 
That is, whoever controls this group controls Philippine Narcopolitics.

Who controls PNP Generals? The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM).

Let’s recap:

  1. Control of NAPOLCOM is key to controlling PNP.
  2. Control of PNP is key to protecting narcopoliticians.
  3. Protecting narcopoliticians is key to gaining their support.
  4. Gaining their support is key to forming electoral machinery.

Yes, NAPOLCOM.

NAPOLCOM Leadership

The National Police Commission administers and controls the Philippine National Police. Its powers include the conduct of pre-charge investigation of police anomalies and irregularities and summary dismissal of erring police officers [NAPOLCOM].

NAPOLCOM is central to the quest on finding who the PNP’s rotten tomatoes are, obviously because it’s the agency’s job to do so. Prior to Duterte’s 05 July announcement, not a single general was implicated in the Philippine drug trade, so the question is, “Why?”

So has been controlling NAPOLCOM all these years?




By default, NAPOLCOM’s top official is the Secretary of Interior and Local Government (SILG).

Here is a list of DILG chiefs from recent history:

  1. Ronaldo Puno from April 1999 to January 2001 [GovPH]
  2. Joey Lina from January 2001 to July 2004 [GovPH]
  3. Angelo Reyes from July 2004 to February 2006 [GovPH]
  4. Ronaldo Puno from April 2006 to June 2010 [GovPH]
  5. Jesse M. Robredo from July 2010 to August 2012
  6. Manuel Mar Roxas from September 2012 to August 2015.

Recall that Lina said Narcopolitics has been rising in 2002, so that negligence concerning Narcopolitics research can be blamed on successive DILG secretaries.

DILG, Reyes, and Puno

We have several suspects at this point: Reyes, Puno, Robredo, and Roxas, and it’s time investigate.

Appointed July 2004, Gen. Angelo Reyes succeeded Lina as SILG. DILG, in those times, focused on the proliferation of the illegal numbers game “jueteng” [Star]. This, however, did not stop Reyes from addressing the drug menace.

Three months later, then-Senator Alfredo Lim delivered a privilege speech about the increasingly powerful Philippine drug cartel. Lim cited a spate of brazen killings “occurring daily in our country” as “innocent and unwary victims succumb to assassins’ bullets in broad daylight.” [Lim 2004]

“Judges…mostly handling drug related cases… had also been mercilessly killed or ambushed in line of duty… Media practitioners were similarly victims of the killings,” Lim added.

Lim asked SILG Reyes and PNP Chief Aglipay for help.In the same month, Reyes ordered a complete inventory of seized drugs after some were found missing [Journal]

“I had this suspicion that me nangyayaring kalokohan kasi marami ngang nahuhuli pero marami pa rin ang drugs sa kalye. And every time there is burning of drugs, I become suspicious because it is evidence that is being burned,” Reyes said.

It appears the DILG was already on its feet. However, a few months after the Lim speech, Narcopolitics reared, yet again, its ugly head.
In January 2005, PO2 Jonathan Moreño went amok. Moreño went on a shooting rampage during the “Ati-atihan” festival in Kalibo, Aklan. Moreño killed six people: five policemen and a young girl. Mental issues became the focal point of the ensuring investigation, but “crazy” is just a symptom. Moreños colleagues was under intense pressure because he was a primary witness in a case against a suspected drug lord [AJ].
What’s alarming, however, are the news stories the followed: there were none.

ThinkingPinoy searched for “DILG Angelo Reyes Drugs” pages dated 01 February 2005 (after the Aklan incident) up to 01 Mar 2006 (after Reyes’ DENR appointment), and it yielded zero relevant information [Google].

Reyes was appointed as DENR chief on 05 February 2006 [PWPA].

Ronaldo Puno, who also served as SILG in the Erap Era, retook the SILG post in 2006 after Reyes was assigned to the DENR. He served from 2006 up to the end of President Arroyo’s term in June 2010

As to what exactly happened from February 2005 to 2010, your guess is as good as mine. What’s clear, however, is that in those years, PH Narcopolitics was on the rise.

In 2009, for example, it was reported that PDEA received bribes in exchange for dropping charges against three high-profile drug suspects known as the ”Alabang Boys” [Inq].

PDEA reports to the Dangerous Drugs Board [PDEA], of which the DILG chief is a member [DDB]. The Chief of Police, who reports to NAPOLCOM, is also a DDB member, so that DILG chief de facto controls two seats in DDB.

Another Puno

Now, recall that Sec. Ronaldo Puno was PGMA’s DILG chief from 2006 until PGMA stepped down in 2010.






Aquino won the 2010 presidential elections, and he made Naga City Mayor Jesse Robredo DILG Secretary in July 2010 [News5]. Logically, Robredo would have become the NAPOLCOM chief and thus, have control over the Philippine National Police.

But this wasn’t the case. Aquino yielded PNP control to another Puno: Usec. RICO PUNO.

Aquino made Sec. Robredo focus on "the things that affect the local governments primarily," while he “designated (USec Rico) to be more directly in charge (of the police)." [GMA]

Rico Puno, a gun enthusiast, is Aquino’s kabarilan and longtime friend [GMA].
SIDE NOTE: You remember the 2010 Luneta Hostage Crisis where Hongkong tourists got killed by Malacañan’s incompetence? It was Rico Puno who called the shots [GMA]. Robredo, to his horror and dismay, was excluded by Aquino in the decision making, he reportedly Robredo wept as he watched the crisis unfold.
Incredibly, Aquino blamed PNP for the Quirino Grandstand debacle, but he spared Usec. Rico Puno from the blame [GMA], despite the latter being the de facto PNP commander during the crisis.
Let’s recap.

Narcopolitics used to be confined within LGUs. However, national officials admittedly depend on political machinery, i.e. support of LGUs. This means LGUs will support national officials who tolerate illegal drugs. National officials “tolerate drugs” by controlling (or disabling) the PNP.

Disabling the PNP requires control of NAPOLCOM, and Ronnie Puno has been controlling NAPOLCOM for much of the past decade from 2006 to 2010.

Rico Puno replaced Ronnie Puno in NAPOLCOM, but no reforms were implemented.

Rico Puno maintained the PNP's status quo: no names being named, no investigations, no research, exactly what the PDEA information officer said. Everybody in the drug community was happy.

That is, until neophyte Jesse Robredo got in the way.
(To clarify, all the succeeding "Puno"'s refer to Usec Rico Puno. Rico is distantly related to the older Ronaldo Puno [Davila], but its unclear if they maintain a close relationship. Tanginang oligarkiya yan, lahat na lang magkakamag-anak.)

The Thorn that’s Jesse Robredo

On 08 August 2012, Sec. Jesse Robredo issued memorandum that seeks to investigate a purportedly anomalous PNP assault rifle deal [ABS].
QUESTION: Who approves procurement deals for PNP?
ANSWER: NAPOLCOM, of which Usec. Rico Puno is head.
If Robredo’s investigation on the contentious PNP rifle deal shows corruption on NAPOLCOM’s part, Puno’s head will be on the chopping block. Unlike the Puno’s bungled 2010 Luneta Hostage Crisis, this assault rifle issue goes totally contrary to the Aquino Administration’s well-oiled “Daang Matuwid” campaign.

In short, if Robredo finds Puno guilty, PNoy will not be able to save him, as it would totally destroy the LP-led Administration’s public image and by extension, its heir-apparent Mar Roxas’ presidential ambitions.

Truth be told, Rico Puno, who belongs to Malacañan’s Samar Faction [Inq], won’t really care about Roxas’ ambitions because Roxas belongs to the rival “Balay” faction [TP: Roxas Rise].

Nevertheless, Puno’s control over the PNP is dependent on his ability to stay within PNoy’s favor, and thoroughly annoying rival Roxas and his Balay Faction won’t help.

In short, Puno needs to stop Robredo’s investigation.

Yes, the anomalous PNP gun deal is not directly related to narcotics. However, for the first time in ages, here's a DILG chief who's bent on cleaning up the department. After investigating this PNP gun deal, what else could Robredo possibly investigate?

Narcopolitics, perhaps?

All the more reason to stop Robredo.

Suddenly and conveniently, Robredo died in a plane crash on 18 August 2012 [ABS], 10 days after Robredo issued the controversial memo.

A day later, ABS-CBN’s Anthony Taberna reported that Puno, along with PNP Sr. Supt. Joel Pagdilao, tried to raid Robredo’s condominium unit. They also tried to enter Robredo’s offices at the DILG and at the National Police Commission.

They did this to “secure the classified documents kept by Robredo” [ABS].
QUESTION: Who was Robredo investigating on?
ANSWER: Rico Puno and Joel Pagdilao, among others.
As expected, PNoy defended Puno by saying, "Sometime in the early evening, tumawag sa atin si Secretary Leila de Lima at pinaalalang may mga confidential folders si Secretary Robredo that needed to be secured. [ABS]"

PNoy was referring to the raid in Robredo’s DILG and NAPOLCOM offices. However, asked if he also ordered Puno to seal Robredo's condominium housing unit in Quezon City, the President said no [ABS].

Oh! And Puno approved the controversial gun deal two weeks after Robredo’s death [ABS].

Tibay rin ng mukha, no?

Robredo’s death resulted into Mar Roxas’ appointment as DILG chief, per a 31 August 2012 palace announcement [GMA]. This is good news for Roxas, as the DILG portfolio allows him to reach grassroots, providing him a golden opportunity to secure LGU support for his 2016 presidential run.

Mar wants LGU support, right? And a lot of LGUs are narcopoliticians, right? Connect the dots.

Mar belongs to Balay Faction, Puno belongs to Samar Faction, i.e. They hate each other. Adding mounting pressure from the public amid the controversial gun deal, Puno quit from his DILG post on 11 September 2012 Rappler].

And that policeman Pagdilao? He's one of the five generals that Duterte named last week.

Duterte names 5 generals allegedly involved in drug trade:
Duterte names 5 generals allegedly involved in drug trade:

The 5 are retired director general Marcelo Garbo Jr, former National Capital Region Police Office chief Joel Pagdilao, former Quezon City Police District Office chief Edgardo Tinio, former Region 11 police chief Bernardo Diaz, and Vic Loot, who is now mayor of Daanbantayan, Cebu.

Video Courtesy of CNN Philippines.
Posted by Thinking Pinoy on Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Puno out, Roxas in, Pagdilao stays

With Puno out of the picture, Roxas took NAPOLCOM’s reins and consequently controlled the PNP, the same PNP that allowed the rise of Philippine Drug Syndicates, the rise of Philippine Narcopolitics.

Did Roxas attempt to disentangle PNP from the drug cartel? If Roxas' association with Pagdilao serves as an indicator, the answer is “No”.
Shortly before the launch of Oplan Lambat-Sibat in 2014, Roxas fired and replaced all NCR district police chiefs except for EPD chief Villacorta [TP: Lambat-Sibat]. This includes the sacking and replacement of QCPD’s chief of police. 
Roxas replaced the QCPD chief with Joel Pagdilao, the same PNP general who was in cahoots with Puno [Star]. That is, despite a new “panginoon”, it appeared that the PNP is “business as usual”. 
Before Roxas’ resigned from the DILG in August 2015 [Inq], he still managed to promote Pagdilao as NCRPO police chief.
During his short DILG stint, Roxas promoted Pagdilao TWICE. This is the same Pagdilao who raided Jesses Robredo’s offices a day after he died.

Psst, VP Leni, tinatarantado ka na ng mga kapartido mo, hindi ka man lang umaalma?

Given Pagdilao and Puno’s “working relationship”, the deep rapport between Pagdilao and Roxas initially came to ThinkingPinoy as a surprise. That is, until TP discovered that in 1996, Roxas, still a neophyte congressman, was invited by PMA Class 1984 to be an honorary member [Inq]

Pagdilao also belongs to the PMA Class of 1984 [Inq].

Roxas-Era Narcopolitics

Did the 2012 change in DILG leadership help abate the rise of PH Narcopolitics?

Apparently not, given the proportion of barangays with drug problems.

For one, it’s clear that Roxas did not exert effort in researching the extent of PH Narcopolitics. Second, Roxas is in cahoots with pretty much the same PNP hierarchy that was under ex-DILG Usec. Rico Puno, which is the same PNP hierarchy under DILG Sec. Ronnie Puno.

And before Duterte's announcement on 06 July 2016, not a single high-ranking PNP official has faced drug-related charges.

ThinkingPinoy did a search for “+Narcopolitics Philippines” [Google], limited to articles published between 01 January 2013 and 31 December 2014 and it yielded only one relevant result: that the notorious Mexican Sinaloa Drug Cartel has reached our shores [Inq].
BRIEF: The Sinaloa drug cartel is considered the largest and most powerful drug trafficking organization in the West. It has been the major player in the drug war in Mexico that has claimed the lives of 77,000 Mexicans since 2006.
This is alarming, but this cannot be the first major drug cartel that entered the local drug market.

Why didn’t the PNP mention anything new about anyone else during that period?

There are two possible explanations:
  1. All the other drug traffickers are small-time pushers.
  2. PNP is turning a blind eye, or worse, is part of the drug problem.
The sheer magnitude of the drug menace makes [1] extremely unlikely, so we are left with [2].

Under Roxas' stewardship of the PNP, the Philippine Drug Situation just got worse.

24 Oras: Mga signal booster at shabu lab sa Bilibid, nabisto n...
Hindi lang pala nagluluto ng shabu, nagsetup na rin pala ng telecommunications network ang mga inmate sa Bilibid. Tapos, gusto pang gawin ngayong Senate Justice Committee Chair si Leila de Lima? Grabe, ibang level.
Courtesy: 24 Oras, GMA Network
Posted by Thinking Pinoy on Sunday, June 26, 2016

Drug lords reportedly rule the New Bilibid Prison [Inq], with several people, including a drug lord, claiming that shabu is cooked inside the Bilibid Prison itself [ABS].

Bilibid inmate, kayang takutin ang mga jail guards
Bilibid Guard: "Bakit mga tao ni JB (Sebastian), ayaw niyong hulihin?"
Colangco: "Mga put*** *** niyo, kaya ko kayong ipapatay!"

Si Colangco ay miyembro ng Chinese-linked drug triad na pinangalanan ni Pang. Duterte kamakailan. Maski guwardiya ng Bilibid, kaya nitong pagbantaan.

OFFTOPIC: Mahilig kumanta si Herbert Colangco, halos linggo-linggo ay nagco-concert ito siya sa Bilibid! Nagkaroon pa nga siya ng album at naging platinum pa! kaya ang kanyang selda sa loob, parang recording studio.

Courtesy of ABS-CBN News.
Posted by Thinking Pinoy on Saturday, July 9, 2016
The embedded Facebook video above mentions a certain "JB Sebastian". This is the same high-profile drug lord JB Sebastian featured a 2013 Discovery Channel documentary that explains how Drug Lords have lorded over the New Bilibid Prison.

DISCOVERY CHANNEL: Gang Leaders run Bilibid, rubs elbows with ...
DISCOVERY CHANNEL: GANG LEADERS RUN BILIBID, RUB ELBOWS WITH PNOY, DE LIMA [PLS SHARE]

Host: Wait ‘till you see what he showed me in his office.
Gang Leader: “This is the current director of the Bureau of Corrections.”
Host: “Who’s this guy?”
Gang Leader: “He’s the president of the Philippines.” [Noynoy Aquino]

Host: You gotta be kidding me!
Gang Leader: This is the Secretary of Justice. [Leila de Lima]
Host: What blows my mind is this. You’re a convicted kidnapper, and a serial kidnapper… it wasn’t just once...
Gang Leader: …a hijacker and a carnapper as well…

Host: In America, if our attorney general sat down with a gang member, his job would be lost by the evening news.
Gang Leader: I think they need the leadership of the gangs.
Host: Otherwise, chaos?
Gang Leader: I think so.

Video Courtesy of Discovery Channel.
Posted by Thinking Pinoy on Friday, February 26, 2016

What’s more alarming? A key Jesse Robredo confidante was murdered in 2014.
In August 2014, Retired Senior Police Officer 3 Dionisio “Dennis” Tan, 56, was shot and murdered in his Makati residence. Tan worked for Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo when he was still the mayor of Naga City and during Robredo’s term as Cabinet secretary at the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) [Inq].
This happened during Roxas’ stewardship of the DILG. And in 2015, just a month after Roxas left DILG for the campaign, gunmen fired at Anthony Taberna's QC coffee shop. Yes, the same guy who wrote the exclusive on Puno and Pagdilao's raid of Robredo's offices [ABS].
CCTV: Ka Tunying's coffee shop riddled with gunfire
Narito ang CCTV footage ng pananambang sa coffee shop ni ABS-CBN reporter Anthony "Ka Tunying" Taberna ng di pa nakikilalang mga kalakihan noong 2015.

Si Taberna ang sumulat noont 2012 ng exclusive na balita tungkol sa pag-raid ni DILG Usec Puno at ni PNP Gen Pagdilao sa mga opisina ni Jesse Robredo isang araw matapos itong mamatay.

LEARN MORE: http://www.thinkingpinoy.net/2016/07/pnp-generals-and-ph-narcopolitics-jesse-robredo.html

Video courtesy of DZBB's Allan Gatus: http://twitter.com/allangatus/status/637053398592843776/video/1
Posted by Thinking Pinoy on Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Pres. Aquino’s Priorities

The Liberal Party’s (LP) Aquino never considered illegal drugs as a priority of his administration.

Let’s take a look at the Aquino Administration’s priorities as laid out in his annual State of the Nation Addresses (SONAs).

The 2010 SONA did not even contain the word “drug” or “droga”, despite LP treasurer Rafael Nantes’ connections with the international drug trade [Balita]. This is also despite former Defense Sec. Gibo Teodoro and Sen. Tito Sotto’s claims that 2010 electoral campaigns might have been supported by drug money [AE].

The 2011 SONA mentioned “drug trafficking” once, but it was clumped with tax evasion, human trafficking, smuggling, graft and corruption, and extrajudicial killings. That is, he spent no more than five seconds to discuss the gigantic drug issue at that time.

The 2012 SONA contained only one sentence about drugs. Aquino reported 10,000 drug-related arrests in 2011. Aquino didn’t elaborate.

The 2013 SONA mentioned drugs only once, but only as a way to explain the general smuggling issue in the Bureau of Customs. Aquino didn’t elaborate.

The 2014 SONA mentioned drugs only once, but only as a way to explain the general smuggling issue in the Bureau of Customs. Aquino didn’t elaborate. Yes, same story as 2013’s.

The 2015 SONA, Aquino’s last, was just like 2010’s: zero mentions of drugs or anything of that sort.
What happened under Aquino?

For six full years, the Aquino administration never considered the drug issue as the calamity that it is.

Roxas knows pushers

Roxas knows "where to buy them".
In February 2016, Roxas said, “There are drugs in Davao. If you want, I can bring you there. We can buy drugs in Davao. So it’s not true that he can do it [Star].”
“The same is true in Makati. There are drugs in Makati. We can buy shabu, we can buy cocaine, we can buy heroin. I know that! That’s the news that reached me,” Roxas said. 
“May droga sa Davao ngayon. Ngayon lang, gusto mo samahan kita e, makakabili tayo ng droga sa Davao e,” Roxas added [Inq].
President Duterte’s camp, which is closely identified with Davao City, issued a rebuttal.
“He did not only exhibit irresponsible citizenship by not reporting to authorities where drugs are being peddled, he has, in fact, become an accomplice in protecting drug lords and drug pushers,” Duterte spokesman Peter Tiu Laviña said in a statement [Inq].
Laviña asked, “What has he done as Secretary of DILG (Department of the Interior and Local Government) and as chairman of the National Police Commission to fight drug abuse?” Laviña asked.
In 2012, the PNP had a new face in Roxas, but it’s still filled with the same people who worked under Rico Puno. In 2010, the PNP had a new face in Rico Puno, but it's the same people who worked for Ronnie Puno.

Mar, Rico, and Ronnie had a common strategy against the Drug Cartel.

The strategy? Do nothing.
Over the past 10 years, there was only one opportunity to really fix the PNP.
That opportunity was named Jesse Robredo.
He ended up dead. 

Update (26 Aug 2016):

MON TULFO: "Robredo, the source said, showed Noynoy a list of government people who were protecting the narcotics trade.Instead of taking action, P-Noy told Robredo to keep the list as some people close to him, including one holding a Cabinet position, were involved [Inq]."
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