President Duterte Plans to Bring Back the Philippine Constabulary

President Duterte Plans to Bring Back the Philippine Constabulary


On September 20, Tuesday, President Rodrigo Duterte said before the soldiers that he was planning to revive the Philippine Constabulary (PC) to boost the country’s campaign against illegal drugs and local terrorists.

The president disclosed his plans to the elements of the Philippines Army’s 10th Infantry Division, also known as Agila Division, during a visit at Camp General Manuel Yan in Mawab, Compostela Valley. Davao Region (Region 11) and parts of Soccsksargen (Region 12) are covered by the 10th ID.

The Philippine Constabulary which was abolished two decades ago is to be reestablished and it would be a great benefit to the government’s heightened operation against terrorist groups and illegal drug syndicates.

The PC was canceled in the early 90’s and was eventually integrated with the Integrated National Police (PC-INP) to form the Philippine National Police (PNP).

The president confessed that the drug problem is so severe in the country and that he asked for a six-month extension of his campaign against illegal drugs.

Soldiers were encouraged by President Duterte to train hard and stay true to their directive as he said that there will be a new battle on the horizon: terrorism resulting in the wake of the government’s war against insurgency and drug syndicates.

President Duterte stated, “This is why I am urging you to reinvent yourselves as soldiers for a new kind of war and to master the skill of profiling criminals.”

A list containing 1,000 names of barangay captains, mayors, and congressmen who are allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade were shown to the military men.

The president said, “This is the primary reason why I ordered the postponement of the barangay elections, to prevent drug syndicates from funding corrupt local officials.”

Salaries will be doubled and necessary weapons and equipment will be provided to the soldiers, President Duterte assured.

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