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Duterte vows overhaul of law enforcement bodies

02 June 2016

Incoming President Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to remove appointees of President Benigno Aquino III from positions at the anti-crime agencies like the National Bureau of Investigation, Philipine National Police, Bureau of Corrections and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.
“They have to go,” Duterte said in a press conference.
Policemen and other law enforcers will undergo drug test starting July 1 in line with the incoming administration’s campaign against illegal drugs. This is to make sure that they are not into prohibited drugs, Duterte said.
The initial batch of Duterte’s unofficial Cabinet appointees met in Manila for the first time on May 25. Among those at the meeting were Salvador Medialdea who will be the executive secretary; Carlos Dominguez, finanace; Hermogenes Esperon Jr., national security adviser; Perfecto Yasay Jr., foreign affairs; Vitaliano Aguirre II, justice; Arthur Tugade, transportation; Mark Villar for public works and Emmanuel Piñol, agriculture.
“There are those we want to get, but the low pay in government discourages them from being part of my administration,” Duterte said.
Earlier, Duterte said he is willing to give four Cabinet posts to people identified with the Left: labor, agrarian reform, environment and social welfare.
“The Left gave me a very impressive list of people who have the talent,” Duterte said in another press conference. “I’m inclined to give in if we can talk smoothly and Jose Maria Sison (Communist Party of the Philippines founding chairman) comes home in July.”

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