25 Oct PNP Chief Dela Rosa: 30 Celebrities Added to President Duterte’s Drug Watchlist
Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa confirmed that there are at lease 30 names of celebrities and television personalities included on its list of individuals involved in the illegal drug trade.
Dela Rosa disclosed during a press conference at Camp Crame, “The list the NCRPO (National Capital Region Police Office) gave to me has around 30 names of celebrities.”
The list was already submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte, Dela Rosa said, adding that the President will include the names on the “celebrity watchlist.” As he spoke, “Pinasa ko na sa Malacañang at idagdag na iyon sa listahan ni Presidente. Meron siyang mga “celebrity watchlist.” So ‘yung galing sa akin idagdag niya na iyon. Kung sino sino ‘yung mga kinanta nu’ng celebrity supplier nila ng drugs.”
Dela Rosa added, “Hintayin na lang natin kung i-aannounce ni Presidente ‘yung mga pangalan or kung ayaw niya i-announce, we still initiate our moves.”
Former Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption chair and Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) chair Martin Diño once claimed that there are about 50 celebrities included on the President’s drug list. 10 of which are drug pushers while other were known users of party drugs.
In the government’s campaign against illegal drugs, Dela Rosa recently guarantees that no special treatment would be given to celebrities and TV personalities.
The same process to drug individuals, the police will also conduct “Oplan Tokhang” on celebrities involved in illegal drugs. The authorities will personally visit them in their residences and in some TV stations to convince them to abandon the illegal activity, surrender or undergo rehabilitation.
The media are also invited to cooperate with the police in their Tokhang operation on celebrities, Dela Rosa said.
Authorities earlier confronted several celebrities for illegal drugs use or possession which includes actor Marc Anthony Fernandez and former sexy stars Sabrina M. and Krista Miller.
News Source: Inquirer