MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte is scheduled to meet with mayors on Wednesday, after he threatened to "kill" those who are allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade.
Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the invitation was extended to all mayors and the meeting will give the President an opportunity to discuss his anti-drug campaign.
"I suppose the intent is to have a conversation in the same way that the President has been, he has not really met with the mayors in order to discuss his positions, especially eradicating criminality, crime and drugs," he said.
In a speech in Malacañang on Monday, Duterte said he would kill mayors included in his narco-list.
“Itong malalaking shabu dealers, mamamatay talaga ito. And the next batch would really be tatawagin ko ‘yung mga mayors, i-lock ko, no --- kami-kami lang. Sabihin ko talaga sa kanila. Ganun 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,” Duterte said.
(These shabu dealers will die. And the next batch that I will call, the mayors, I will tell them. If your name is on this list, you have a problem. I will really kill you.)