MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday evening issued fresh warnings to policemen involved in unscrupulous activities, saying he will not hesitate to have them “terminated.”
Duterte said ordering the neutralization of so-called “scalawags” is a viable option in solving rampant criminality in the Philippines, where “nobody seems to obey the law.”
“I promise you that including uniformed personnel, huwag kayong pumasok diyan sa droga, ‘yang mga murder-for-hire, kasi ipa-project ko rin kayo,” Duterte said during the 68th National Security Council and 69th National Intelligence Coordinating Agency founding anniversary celebration in Pasay City.
(I promise you that including uniformed personnel, don’t get involved in drugs or become murder-for-hire, because I will make you my “project.”)
“You can be very sure there will be a project for you and really that is to neutralize or terminate you. Kung hindi ko ganunin, walang mangyari sa ating bayan at this time when we are all bombarded with drugs, nobody seems to obey the law.”
(You can be very sure there will be a project for you and really that is to neutralize or terminate you. If I will not do that, nothing will happen to our country at this time when we are all bombarded with drugs, nobody seems to obey the law.)
Duterte has been criticized for launching a war on drugs carried out by an institution long accused of rampant corruption and inefficiency.
As the Philippine National Police (PNP) continues to receive complaints of irregularity, it has begun cleaning its image by ridding its ranks of unscrupulous individuals.
The PNP’s Internal Affairs Service (IAS) has recommended the dismissal from service of at least 85 police personnel since the war on drugs started.
Meanwhile, from random drug tests conducted by the PNP and policemen caught in buy-bust operations from July 2016 to May 7, 2018, around 349 police personnel tested positive for illegal drugs use, particularly shabu.
The PNP has announced it will “recalibrate” and make “surgical” its fight against crime and drugs, a week after Duterte in his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) vowed no letup in the war on drugs.
Duterte has shrugged off criticism on his war on drugs, even as he now faces a possible case at the International Criminal Court (ICC) over the killings.
The President said “human rights” made people less fearful of the law.
“Ang pulis noon, previous administration, walang nahuli, iilan ilang buy-bust. It was only after I became President… nakita ko ang Pilipino nakapila na by the thousands araw-araw diyan sa television, all contaminated, all sickly, all rendered inutile because of drugs,” he said.
(The police before, in the previous administration, only conducted a few buy-busts. It was only after I became President… that I saw Filipinos lined up, all contaminated, all sickly, all rendered inutile because of drugs.)