Following the alarming deaths that occurred at the Closeup Forever Summer concert in Pasay City over the weekend, presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte intends to enforce rigorous procedures for future outdoor events in the country.
“I’m sad that it had to end that way,” Duterte shared. He also pointed out the reports he heard from TV, with two victims who suffered from heart attacks and that “there is nothing definitive… that would indicate that it was otherwise or there is a foul play.”
Conversely, Duterte noted that he is not oblivious of the fact that the use of illegal drugs is not uncommon in concerts held outdoors.
“But usually iyong ganoon, iyang mga music, mga rock-rock concert, diyan talaga lalabas ang mga droga. They pass it around [na] parang candies,” explained Duterte, who has been known to have an anti-crime activism in his presidential campaign, stressing on “drug syndicates,” per GMA News.
But as with the incidents that occurred in the Pasay City concert, the soon-to-be former Davao City mayor is now seeking ways to prevent such occurrences from happening again.
“We cannot prohibit people to assemble in a certain place, crowd together. But we can always regulate in that sense that frisking is not allowed before they enter in that area,” explained Duterte. “That is too fascistic. Magkalat na lang tayo. We scatter also government security to smell around and to smell immediately pagka-ganoon.”
Duterte also noted that he would not be involving himself with the incident, simply because he has yet to be inaugurated as president.
Reports claim that Duterte will be chalking the investigation up to the government in Pasay City and the police to determine whether or not illegal drugs were responsible for the five causalities.
Furthermore, Duterte suggested that the police, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to team up and work together on the case.