President Rodrigo Roa Duterte reiterated that “big-time” shabu dealers and mayors involved in the illegal drug trade have no place under his administration.
In his speech delivered during the mass oath-taking of new government appointees on January 9, 2017, President 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 magbolahan. For as long as I am president, itong malalaking shabu dealers, mamamatay talaga ito,” he said.
The tough-talking President 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 said 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 President said.
President Duterte said towns with a thriving “shabu business” shows the mayor is not performing his duties properly.
To cite as an example, President 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.