Duterte to confront governors over drug menace

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 18 2017 10:19 PM

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday said he is set to meet governors from all over the country to discuss the country’s illegal drugs problem.

The scheduled meeting comes after Duterte confronted mayors last week over the drug menace.

“I’d be calling for the governors, prangkahan tayo. Sila pinrangka ko, mga mayors,” Duterte said in a speech in Nueva Ecija today.

Duterte also made another threat to kill local officials involved in illegal drugs.

“Huwag kayong magkamali, talagang papatayin ko kayo kayong mga barangay captains. Panahon lang, hihiritan ko kayong lahat,” he said.

“I will rot in prison for the Filipino people.”

Duterte had a meeting with mayors in Malacañang last January 11. The president reportedly uttered stinging words at the local executives during the meeting.

In a speech last Saturday, Duterte recalled how he confronted the mayors over the country’s drug problem.

“Baka akala ninyo nagbobolahan tayo dito. I called the mayors in the Philippines, ni-lockdown ko. Kung sabihin ko sa inyo, ‘i-lockdown din dito. Sarahan mo ‘yan diyan mga sundalo…’ Para walang magtsismis,” Duterte said in his Saturday speech.

“Sinabi ko talaga sa kanila, totoo iyon and I said, pardon my language because very may mga…’P**** i** ninyo!’”

He also said that he will ask governors to exercise their supervisory powers over local officials, even as he threatened to order an ambush or poisoning of officials linked to the drug trade.

“Sinabi ko talaga. And I’d be calling the governors sa next week. 

Sabihin ko talaga sa kanila. You tell your barangay captains, may supervisory powers kayo and ‘yung mga cities under you, ‘yung hindi pa charter cities, you tell the mayors, reiterate to them,” Duterte said.

“But I would like to tell you, hindi ko kaya lecturan lahat ng ano…Huwag ka gyud magkumpiyansa sa akin, p***** i**, papatayin talaga kita. Believe me. Hahanapan kita ng ambush, lasunin kita.”