AN EYE FOR AN EYE. President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday vowed vengeance on the perpetrators of the Friday bombing that killed 14 people and injured scores more in his hometown of Davao City.
"Let it be known to them na gaganti rin ako. Hindi ako pwedeng magpautang ng gano'n," Duterte told Filipinos in Laos, where he is attending a summit of world leaders.
(Let it be known that I will retaliate. I can't allow that debt to go unpaid.)
"Kung ano yung ginagawa mo sa iyong kapwa mo tao, gagawin ko sa iyo 'yan," he added. (I will do to you the same thing that you did to your fellowmen.)
The acid-tongued Duterte also expressed disdain for the possible opposition of other countries to his principle of matching punishment to the degree of atrocity.
"'Yan ang hindi naiintindihan ng ibang bansa na may human rights [groups]. Puro daldal nang daldal," he said. (That's what other countries with human rights groups do not understand. All they do is yap.)
Abu Sayyaf radicals have claimed responsibility for the bombing that prompted Duterte to declare a nationwide "state of lawlessness." Investigators, however, are setting aside the possibility that other threat groups may be behind the crime.
Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, daughter of the President, has offered P2 million for the arrest of three "persons of interest" in the explosion.
-- With a report from Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News