Duterte vows P1M reward to agents in buy-bust that killed alleged drug supplier to celebs
MANILA, Philippines — Government operatives involved in the operation that resulted in the death of an alleged party drugs supplier to celebrities will get a cash reward from President Rodrigo Duterte.
The president has vowed to give at least P1 million to anti-drug agents who launched an operation that targeted Steve Pasion, a suspected ecstasy supplier who was killed in Manila last Monday.
Duterte said Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Aaron Aquino had informed him about the death of what he described as “the number one distributor of ecstasy.”
“When it comes to drugs, I do not tolerate anything. Last night, I talked to Aaron Aquino. I happened to pass by Malago (Clubhouse)…He said ‘Sir, the number one distributor of ecstasy has been killed. The police were involved in a shootout,” the president said during a campaign rally of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan on Wednesday in Isabela.
“I said ‘Announce this. One million five.’ It appears that three people were killed,” he added.
PDEA officials claimed its agents had to shoot Pasion because he tried to grab the gun of an anti-drug operative. The slain drug suspect reportedly supplied ecstasy to models and television personalities.
Duterte reiterated he would not allow policemen and soldiers who are performing their duties to land in jail.
“That’s the reason why policemen are now brave. Go ahead but do not commit abuses,” the president said.
“I told them ‘kill them if they put up a violent resistance.” I will not abandon policemen who will face charges,” he added.