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Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio

Ba’t puro mahirap ang puntirya? Carpio says PNP should be chasing big-time drug smugglers

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Supreme Court (SC) Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio on Tuesday appeared very puzzled over the government’s double standards in enforcing anti-illegal drugs campaign.

During the resumption of the oral arguments on petitions against the Duterte administration’s drug war, Carpio was perplexed by the brutal war against small-time drug dealers while very lenient in stopping the entry of narcotics in the country.

In other words, the magistrate was suggesting that the government should stop the “supply before it could effectively solve the demand for drugs.”

For his part, Solicitor General Jose Calida disclosed that it was challenging for authorities to guard an archipelagic state like the Philippines.

“Unfortunately, our country is an archipelago. This shabu or metamphetamine hydrochloride are dumped into the sea your Honor and somebody will get it from the high seas. So we cannot police an archipelago. There are so many places where it can be transported to. It need not pass through the Bureau of Customs,” he said.

Carpio, directed Calida to submit a detailed report on the 3,806 deaths attributed to anti-drug operations by the Philippine National Police.

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