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Duterte offers P3 M bounty for drug lords, dead or alive

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(Photo from the Official Facebook Page of President-Elect Rody Duterte)

 

DAVAO CITY (PhilAmPress) ― Following his proclamation as the next President-elect Rodrigo Duterte announced he would reward P3 million to police and military officials who can get big-time illegal drug pushers, dead or alive.

 

This as he announced more officials who will join his Cabinet and head important government agencies when he assumes post on June 30 in Malalcanang.

 

Mr. Duterte, in a meeting with his would-be Cabinet members and officials, pressed them on the crime crackdown and the campaign to stop corruption, adding that he would tap even the military in the drive against criminals and illegal drugs.

 

“I am not saying you kill them but the order is dead or alive,” Duterte told reporters in a press conference at the Presidential Guest House, also called the Malacañang of the South, at the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) depot in Panacan here.

 

Duterte said he has the money for the reward as this initially came from people who donated funds for his campaign. He said he has the unspent money ready for the drug pushers. “I don’t want to get (of the money) for too long. Hindi 'yan kasali sa sinabi ni Trillanes (That is not included in what (Sen. Antonio) Trillanes has said)."

 

Duterte said the amount of reward money would depend on how influential the drug trafficker is -- P1 million for supervisor and P50,000 for small-time drug peddlers.

 

Duterte vowed to cleanse the country of illegal drugs in three monthsas promised during the election campaign.

 

He said getting the country of illegal drugs is one of his campaign agenda – the other two are solving criminality and stopping corruption.

 

Duterte said he plans to use the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in the fight against illegal drugs, especially when those involved are rogue policemen.

 

Duterte  said the operation versus illegal drugs must be done within the bounds of the law, emphasizing that law enforcers know when an operation becomes unlawful.

 

He said a police officer does not kill a man who surrenders, but shoots those who fight back.

“I don’t want to see a police dead,” he added.

 

Duterte also wants his incoming National Bureau of Investigation Director Dante Gierran to kill any of his agents involved in illegal drugs.

 

He will also ask Congress to amend the probation law to exempt drug cases. He said many drug pushers who were able to avail of the probation law have jumped bail and continued with their illegal activities.

 

“Ganun lang ang paraan para mahinto ang droga (That’s the only way to stop drugs). Do not destroy our country, do not destroy our children because I will kill you,” Duterte said.

 

Mr. Duterte called on his incoming heads of the Philippine National Police and National Bureau of Investigation to enforce his order and even personally kill the drug lords and traffickers under circumstances that it is allowed under the law.

 

 Mr. Duterte left a message to drug dealers: "Do not destroy my country because I will kill you. Do not destroy the youth of the land, our children, because I will kill you."

 

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