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 outs judges, cops, politikos in drug trade: More than 27

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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.

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Walang shootout! Lawmaker believes killing of Calbayog mayor planned

By Billy Begas

Samar Rep. Edgar Mary Sarmiento on Tuesday refuted the claim of policemen that Calbayog City Mayor Ronald Aquino was killed in a shootout.

Sarmiento also urged the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to conduct the investigation believing that the Philippine National Police will not do an impartial probe. He also asked the help of President Rodrigo Duterte.

“I can’t get justice from the Philippine National Police, I believe so,” said Sarmiento. “Ako’y nasasaktan na pinalalabas na shootout doon po sa ground zero. Maliwanag na maliwanag na sinasabi ng mga witnesses na talagang binaril muna ang sasakyan ni mayor.”

He said several witnesses saw the police opening fire at the vehicle of Aquino on Monday. The men on the vehicle were able to retaliate, killing two policemen in the process.

“Ako’y nagtataka bakit naka-bonnet at saka naka M-203 pa. Talagang handang-handa. Hindi ko maintindihan,” said Sarmiento.

PNP Chief Debold Sinas said that it was a shootout and not an ambush.

“Si mayor nasa ginagawang tulay po yan, talagang magandang pagkaplano po… paghinto tinira kaagad,” said Sarmiento.

Sarmiento also expressed belief that Aquino’s killing was connected to the upcoming election.

In 2011, Calbayog City Mayor Reynaldo “Ining” Uy was killed by unknown assailants in a fiesta celebration.

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