President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday reiterated that “big-time” shabu dealers and mayors involved in the illegal drug trade have no place under his administration.
In his typical swear-ridden speech delivered during the mass oath-taking of new government appointees, Duterte defended anew his anti-drug war that is blamed for the death of over 6,000 people, about 2,000 of them in police operations.
“Huwag na tayong magbolohan. For as long as I am president, itong malalaking shabu dealers, mamamatay talaga ito,” he said.
The tough-talking Duterte said mayors involved in the illegal drug trade will suffer the same fate as the shabu dealers.
“Sabihin ko talaga sa kanila (mayors), ‘Ganoon kakapal ‘yung ipinakita ko sa inyo eh. Hanapin mo ‘yung pangalan mo diyan, mayor. T*** i** ‘pag nandiyan ‘yung pangalan mo, may problem ka’. Talagang papatayin kita,” he said, referring to his list of personalities involved in illegal drugs.
He also threatened that he could “deprive” these mayors of their supervisory powers over the police and pull out their security.
“Talagang sabi ko, huwag ninyo akong lokohin. Kaya sabi ko, the first thing that I would do is to deprive you of the supervisory powers over the police. Second is I will — tanggalin ko lahat ng security mo,” the former Davao City mayor said.
Duterte said towns with a thriving “shabu business” shows the mayor is not performing his duties properly.
Perhaps to cite as an example, Duterte mentioned the case of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa, who was killed inside his detention cell in Baybay Provincial Jail when he allegedly tried to shoot it out with the police who were serving a search warrant.
Espinosa and his son, Kerwin, were both linked to the illegal drug trade in Eastern Visayas.
“Itong si Albuera, eh namatay siya in a very… Eh wala akong pakialam. Ang sabi ng pulis lumaban, and then I will stick with the story of the police because the police is under me,” he said.