MANILA -- Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista on Sunday apologized to the public for slapping an alleged drug dealer for being rude.
In a text message, Bautista explained that he reacted that way because the suspect was disrespectful of the authorities and the laws of the country.
"It is not a good example to the youth as a leader," he said.
However, Bautista clarified that his apology is directed to the public, and not to the suspect, alleged drug dealer, Xu Zhen Zhi .
Last week, Bautista slapped Xu on the face twice “to make him show respect for the law” after police seized 10 bags of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu), worth about P15 million, from the suspect.
Police said Xu was being rude and acted as if he did not understand anything when Bautista was asking him questions.
Apparently annoyed, Bautista slapped the suspect twice.
“You cannot hear me? You cannot understand me?” Bautista asked.
Bautista also urged the Congress and Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas to reinstate the death penalty in the country, "especially in relation to illegal drugs and other crimes defined by law."
Meanwhile, Malacanang reminded local government officials of proper behavior when dealing with the public.
“Ang mababanggit lang po natin ‘yung paniniwala sa prinsipyo na may pananagutan ang mga lingkod-bayan hinggil sa kanilang mga kilos tungkol sa pagganap ng kanilang tungkulin at… paano sila nakikipag-ugnayan sa mga mamamayan," Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said.