MANILA (UPDATE) - President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday showed an updated version of his so-called “narco-list,” as he vowed to continue his campaign against illegal drugs.
Duterte showed anew the thick booklet containing the names of local government officials, policemen, and judges allegedly involved in the drug trade.
“This is updated…as of August 8, 2017. If this is a bible, I will make a solemn oath na trabaho ito ng pulis, na walang ano dito, kalokohan,” Duterte said of the narco-list during a speech at the 19th founding anniversary of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption in Malacañang.
Unlike before, the President held back from mentioning names in his updated list.
He, however, said it includes a mayor who claims to be clean. He also castigated in his speech a Manila judge who did not hand down a guilty verdict in at least 1,000 cases.
The popular President has terrified politicians and other personalities he has publicly accused of having links to the drug trade. Some of these personalities, such as former Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. and Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr., have ended up dead in presumed-legitimate police operations.
In his speech, Duterte reiterated his vow to “destroy the apparatus” of the illegal drug trade in the country.
He also clarified his earlier statement that he may not be able to solve the drug scourge within his term.
“When I said that I could solve it, I was referring to an environment na ako ‘yung mayor na parang Davao itong Pilipinas,” he said.
“‘Yung mga gunggong diyan na sinasabi na hindi kaya. Sabi, ‘Hindi pala niya kaya.’ Kung kayo ilagay dito sa lugar ko. Eh ako mismo ang nag-uutos ng patayan, hindi ko nga kaya, kayo pang mga…”
Nonetheless, Duterte again stressed that fulfilling this vow is a tall order, noting that even the United States continues to grapple with the problem of illegal drugs.
”Kaya hanggang ngayon problema nila. Eh kung hindi kaya ng Amerika, mas lalo na itong Pilipinas,” he said.
”So I will be able to solve the problem. Patayin ko lang ‘yan lahat. But how about the next generation? Eh ‘di talagang mag-wala ako.”
The Duterte administration has many times defended its drug war against critics, saying reported figures- from 7,000 to 9,000- were overblown.
Latest PNP data show that a total of 3,451 drug personalities were killed in anti-drug operations from July 1, 2016 to July 26, 2017.
The PNP has also determined that out of the 12,833 homicide cases from July 1, 2016 to June 16, 2017, 2,098 deaths were drug-related and 2,535 not drug-related. A total of 8,200 homicide cases were under investigation "with motives to be determined," the PNP said.