(Eagle News)–President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday, April 13, said he advised the Navy to blow up the vessels of drug smugglers.
Duterte issued the remark in Malaybalay, Bukidnon amid the recent discoveries of cocaine blocs floating off Philippine waters.
Only recently, around 40 bricks were found off the coast of Burgos in Caraga.
Blocks of cocaine have also been found off Catanduanes and Surigao del Norte, among others.
“Ang cocaine ‘yan ang ginagawa ng mga mayayaman. Mahal ‘yan,” Duterte said.
“Huwag na lang kayo magsalita, ibulong niyo lang sa akin na mayroon kayong pinasabog na bangka at barko at kung ano pa, lantsa ng mga durugista,” he added.
The President said in earlier speeches this was the handiwork of illegal drug syndicates.
The Philippine National Police had said it was possible the drugs were merely dropped off for pick-up and transport to other countries, noting that the Philippines was a known transshipment of illegal drugs.