Drug lords fleeing as Duterte camp asks PDEA drug personalities list

Drug lords reportedly started fleeing as the camp of presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte asked a list of drug personalities from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

PDEA Region 6 Director Paul Ledesma told media that a retired Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) general, who is expected to become part of Duterte's cabinet, made the request, ABS-CBN News reported.

In his campaign sorties, Duterte vowed to suppress if not totally eradicate crime and illegal drugs in three to six months if elected president.

Following news that Duterte's camp asked for the list of individuals who are involved in the sale and distribution of illegal drugs, it has been reported that known big-time drug lords have begun fleeing the country.

A source who requested anonymity because he is not authorized to issue a statement told The Philippine Star that "foreign drug lords operating in the country and those already in the order of battle of various law-enforcement agencies have packed up and fled to South America or Mexico to relocate their illegal operation."

The same source also revealed that the incoming administration mulls of setting up an Alcatraz-type prison for hardened criminals and convicted notorious drug traffickers pending the reimposition of the death penalty.

Corregidor Island in Manila Bay and islands near existing penal colonies in Palawan, Leyte, Zamboanga, and Davao are being considered as ideal satellite island prison facilities, the source added.