The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Region 6 said the camp of presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte has already asked them to submit a list of drug personalities in Western Visayas.
According to PDEA-6 Regional Director Paul Ledesma, the request came from a retired Armed Forces of the Philippines general who could become part of Duterte's cabinet.
The Western Visayas Region, located in Central Philippines, is composed of six provinces: Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Iloilo, Guimaras and Negros Occidental.
PDEA, as the lead government agency in combating illegal drugs, is mandated to "arrest and apprehend as well as search all violators and seize or confiscate the effects or proceeds of the crimes as provided by law; take charge and have custody of all dangerous drugs and/or controlled precursors and essential chemicals seized, confiscated or surrendered to any national, provincial or local law enforcement agency," among others.
During his campaign, Duterte vowed to wipe out crime in three to six months if elected president. Duterte's crusade is also centered on the eradication of illegal drugs, vowing to kill drug pushers, even his his own children if proven they are into narcotics.
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