True to his promise, President Rodrigo Duterte has read out in public the names of all judges, local government officials, and policemen allegedly in cahoots with notorious drug syndicates operating around the country.
Duterte revealed the information early Sunday morning (August 7) in Camp Panacan, Davao City during his visit to the wake of soldiers killed in recent clashes with the New People’s Army in Compostela Valley.
It was a long list that even news websites had difficulty breaking down. Duterte started out with seven judges, followed by former and incumbent mayors, vice mayors and congressmen in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao—some of them he admitted were even his friends—then the police officers involved.
Of all the provinces in the Philippines, Duterte considered Iloilo as the most ‘shabulized’ because a lot of its officials were reportedly involved in drugs, including Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog and Maasim Mayor Marciano Malones.
Malones was one of those politicians whom Duterte thought as his ‘friends.’ He even acknowledged their help during the campaign period but the president said his responsibility to the Filipino people fat outweighs whatever relationship or debt of gratitude he had with them.
“If there is a rule, a law, either you enforce it or not at all. Pero mga kaibigan, kung hindi ko basahin kasi kilala kita, ang pinakamabuti kong magawa para sa bayan mag-resign. E ganoon ako katali,” Duterte said as a caveat before reading the list.
“Mahiya naman ako sa kumpare ko, e nakatulong naman ito sa pagka-presidente, well and good at mabayaran kita sa anong paraan. Mabuhay ka. Kung sabihin mo may nag-huramentado diyan, tawagan mo ako, harapin nating dalawa. Pero not this one because this is not personal to me. Hindi ko kayo kalaban, wala akong sama ng loob sa inyo, pero galit na ako ngayon kasali ka na. Someday magkikita tayo…” the president said further.
Policemen assigned to all officials mentioned in the list and those who were identified as protectors themselves were immediately relieved from their duties and they were ordered to report to the Philippine National Police (PNP) within 24 hours.
“I would like to just give you the advice, once you hear your name mentioned here, if you are somewhere you are now relieved of your present assignment. Report to the PNP within 24 hours or I will order the entire armed forces and the police to hunt for you. Nasa sa inyo ‘yan,” Duterte said.