“President Rodrigo Duterte should be the No. 1 target of illegal drugs crackdown” — Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Ma. Sison

CPP founder Jose Maria Sison ©

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte should be the “most fitting target” of the Philippine National Police’s violent crackdown on illegal drugs as he is the “number one addict” on the land, says Jose Maria Sison, founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines.

In an interview on Sunday with the Philippine Daily Inquirer (posted at, Sison said Duterte himself admitted his addiction to Fentanyl, a potent opioid he uses to ease the pain of his spinal injuries brought about by a motorcycle accident.

Sison, quoting Duterte’s Davao speech last February, said “Iyung Fentanyl, the doctor stopped it because he got mad. I’m supposed to cut it into four pieces. Eh there was a time na ‘yung buo nilagay ko because more than just the disappearance of pain, you feel that you are on cloud nine. Para bang everything is okay with the world, nothing to worry about.”

Sison explained that “As an addict user of the opioid Fentanyl, Duterte is the No. 1 drug addict in the Philippines and is the most fitting target of the police units that he has turned into death squads and corrupted with money and promotions.”

“But many people, including his so-called die hard supporters, are waking up to the fact that the illegal drug trade continues to thrive even in Bilibid and that Duterte has been favoring certain drug lords by delivering the street market to them where the low-level pushers of other drug syndicates have been slaughtered,” Sison, Duterte’s former professor, added.

At the same time, Sison criticized Duterte’s “cowardly” act of killing suspected poor drug users and peddlers, while retracting his previous public threats against suspected Cebu-based drug lord Peter Lim, and alleged protectors of drug syndicates, former Pangasinan governor Amado Espino Jr. and General Marcelo Garbo.

“But he has enjoyed the most the mass murder of suspected poor drug users and pushers in the urban slums by the thousands (estimated at 8,000 to 12,000) and has openly assured the obvious murderers in authority that they have the license to kill with impunity,” Sison said.

“Duterte is overconfident that the poor victims, their families and even institutions cannot stand and fight against his presidential power,” he added.

Sison said Duterte “has incited the people and revolutionary forces to resist his oppressive rule” because of his hard line policies involving “martial rule” and other methods like “abduction and murder as well as indiscriminate bombings and artillery fire that victimize entire communities.”

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