Walang takas! Duterte warns barangay official with drug links: I’ll go after you
President Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to go after barangay officials linked to the illegal drug trade even if they just won in the elections this week.
In an ambush interview Wednesday in Malacañang (May 16), Duterte warned barangay officials against feeling secure just because they are holding public office.
Kayong mga nasa droga at nanalo kayo, your election to the barangay position is not a guarantee. Do not [seek cover?] on that title. Hindi ako… Lahat,” he said.
Duterte said he plans to make good on his campaignn promise to solve the illegal drugs problem in the Philippines until the end of his term.
“‘Pag sinabi ko sa inyo, it will be at the expense of my life, honor, and the presidency, but the drug war will end during the last day of my… Because I will not allow my country to go to the dogs,” he said.
Philippine National Police chief Director General Oscar Albayalde earlier warned that winning candidates in the barangay polls may be subject to “Oplan Tokhang” if there’s evidence against them.
“It depends on the evidence. If we have strong evidence, we can always subject them to ‘Tokhang.’ We’re not being selective here,” he said.
Albayalde said barangay officials linked to the illegal drug trade have the option of surrendering to authorities or being operated on by the police.
Weeks before the polls, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency released a list of barangay officials supposedly protecting drug lords in a bid to inform the public on who they should vote for.