Duterte vows plenty of pardons for cops in drug war

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 18 2016 09:38 AM

Video courtesy of Radio-Television Malacañang

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday renewed his promise to help every policeman engaged in the war on drugs as long as they do not fabricate evidence.

"Sabi ko sa lahat ng pulis, do not lie to me. Babarilin ko talaga. Mag-trabaho kayo, huwag kayong mag-imbento. Do not fabricate evidence," Duterte said.

"I will hear you and if you're telling the truth, sabihin mo ako, utos ni Mayor."

Citing a provision in the Constitution regarding the President's power to pardon, Duterte said he will absolve law enforcers who would be penalized for anti-narcotics efforts.

"Pagdating ng panahon, sinabing arraignment, kumuha ka diyan [ng pardon]. Maraming kopya, pre-signed," he said.

"I will not hesitate to pardon 10, 15 military and policemen every day."

The President said he will even pardon himself for his campaign to suppress crime nationwide.

"Pag-alis ko ng Malacañang, magpirma ako dito -- pardon is hereby granted to Rodrigo Duterte, signed Rodrigo Duterte. Brain lang 'yan," he said.

The Philippine National Police said 103 people have died in police operations to combat illegal drugs between May 10 and July 3, 2016.

The number of drug-related fatalities in police operations during the same period was fifty percent higher, at 154, in a separate tally by ABS-CBN's Investigative and Research Group, culled from PNP regional websites and news reports of various agencies.

MAP, CHARTS: The death toll of the war on drugs

Senator Leila De Lima has called for a legislative inquiry into the growing number of slain drug suspects.

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