Antiestablishment approach has made him wildly popular at home, despite questions over drug war policies By JAMES HOOKWAY Updated J...
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Vice President Leni Robredo on Tuesday warned President Rodrigo Duterte against making pronouncements about killing people after threatening mayors in his so-called “narco-list.”
In a statement, Robredo said: “We hope the President was only exaggerating when he talked of killing mayors included in his drug list.”
“We also caution the President in making such pronouncements,” Robredo said.
“We believe in the rule of law and believe that only the courts can decide if mayors in the drug list are guilty or innocent,” she added.
In a speech during the mass oath-taking of new government appointees on Monday, Duterte said mayors allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade, as well as “big-time” shabu dealers, will be killed in his war against drugs.
“Sabihin ko talaga sa kanila (mayors), ‘Ganoon kakapal ‘yung ipinakita ko sa inyo eh. Hanapin mo ‘yung pangalan mo diyan, mayor. T*** i** ‘pag nandiyan ‘yung pangalan mo, may problem ka’. Talagang papatayin kita,” Duterte said, referring to his list of personalities involved in illegal drugs.
He also threatened that he could “deprive” these mayors of their supervisory powers over the police and pull out their security.
Duterte said towns with a thriving “shabu business” indicated that the mayor was not performing his duties properly.| GMAnews