Drugs war spares none


Streets for law-abiding citizens

If you can see something which is contrary to what I am saying now, you can spit on my face

The war on drugs or President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-narcotics campaign will not spare anyone, whether he is a politician, a policeman or an ordinary citizen, the President said.

Duterte made the remark during the celebration of the 39th Masskara Festival in Bacolod City as he warned drug traders to stop or he will kill them.

“Those drugs, I have to warn (traffickers) again. They will not last until the end of my term. I have said it before and I will say it again for the nth time: Do not destroy my country with drugs because I will really kill you,” Mr. Duterte said.

You’re better off getting out while you can. I will really catch you

“You’re better off getting out while you can. I will really catch you. Whether you’re the mayor or whoever you are, I will catch you,” he added.

Mr. Duterte said drug traffickers should leave the country, “if not, I’m telling you now, I’d be frank, I will destroy you. We should understand each other on that,” he said.

Go to Spratlys, you can take a bath there every day.

The President vowed to keep streets clean of criminals and drug traffickers. “The public roads and streets are for law-abiding citizens. Criminals have no right being there to sell drugs or intimidate the people. Son of a bitch, I will kill you,” he said.

“One million six hundred are now inutile, useless citizens. Why? Their faculties have left them and they are reduced to slavery. Slavery to a drug called shabu,” Mr. Duterte said.

He warned local officials, including barangay captains. “I want to reveal all your names but I will give you a chance. Stop or leave Bacolod. Go to Spratlys, you can take a bath there every day,” he said.

Stronger anti-graft bid
Mr. Duterte also underlined his campaign against corruption in government as he told the crowd in Bacolod City that anybody who can discover that he is misusing public funds can run after him or sue him.

“I don’t have any allowances. I don’t sign anything. Nothing really. I am telling you the truth and you can check. And if you can see something which is contrary to what I am saying now, I’ll give you that right. You can spit on my face,” he said.

He again related the hostage incident in a Davao City prison where an Australian missionary was killed as he said he gave the hostage-takers a warning that they will be killed if their captives are harmed.

I gave them a radio and told them not to touch their hostages. “If you touch them or rape them, I will kill you all,” he added.

“The women in Manila call me misogynist because they can’t remember,” he said.
“What you don’t know is that all of you are crazy and ugly. I will not dare kiss you,” he added.

Zero tolerance on drugs
The “sacking” of former police general Isidro Lapeña from the Bureau of Customs is a clear proof of President Duterte’s “zero tolerance” to proliferation of illegal drugs in the country.

Thus, said Sen. Panfilo Lacson who cited the closeness of the President to Lapeña, who served 15 years in Davao as a police officer and during the incumbency of Mr. Duterte as mayor.

“They are close to each other but the President decided to relieve and transfer him (Lapeña) to another position because drugs are involved (in the issue),” said Lacson in radio interview over the weekend.

Those drugs, I have to warn (traffickers) again. They will last until the end of my term.

“There are others saying that there is really no zero tolerance but, for me, relieving such a close person to him because drugs are involved is something. I can say the President really is zero tolerance (to illegal drugs),” he added.

The President transferred Lapeña as director general of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) after he admitted that the four magnetic lifters found abandoned in Cavite could really have shabu. Former military chief and Maritime Industry Authority head Rey Leonardo Guerrero succeeded Lapeña.

Prior to that, Lapeña had been at odds with Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Director General Aaron Aquino who, from day one, maintained there was at least 1,000 kilograms of shabu smuggled into the country using the lifters.

with Michael Pingol

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