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Duterte wants dialogue with mayors on narco list— with a deadly catch

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President Rodrigo Duterte wants to talk exclusively to mayors who are supposedly involved in the illegal drug trade— but it’s not going to be a friendly conversation.

In a speech at the mass oath taking of newly appointed government officials in Malacañang Monday (Jan. 9), Duterte said he plans to call the mayors tagged in the illegal drug trade and present to them the latest so-called “narco list.”

“And the next batch would really be tatawagin ko ‘yung mga mayors, i-lock ko, no— kami-kami lang. Sabihin ko talaga sa kanila. Ganun kakapal ‘yung ipinakita ko sa inyo eh,” he said.

Duterte then threatened to kill those whose names would be found in the narco list.

“Hanapin mo ‘yung pangalan mo diyan, mayor. T****** i** ‘pag nandiyan ‘yung pangalan mo, may problem ka. Talagang papatayin kita. Whether you resign or make a clean breast of everything, come up with a [inaudible] and we’ll talk,” he said.

The President, who has declared a war against illegal drugs, previously named certain police officials and politikos supposedly involved in the narcotics trade.

He, however, clarified that inclusion in the narco list is not proof beyond reasonable doubt that someone is involved in illegal drugs.