Duterte to resign if narco syndicates are not ‘neutralized’

Published March 15, 2019, 1:32 PM

by AJ Siytangco

By Genalyn Kabiling

President Duterte has offered to resign if he could not “dispose of” or “neutralize” people behind the illegal drug trade in the country.


President Rodrigo Roa Duterte

After identifying 46 politicians with suspected involvement in drugs, the President admitted that he would feel useless if the drug problem remained unresolved.

“May mga ano kasi, may mga tao sa mundo na — hindi mo pwedeng lokohin.‘Yung ginagawa mo kaming kengkoy dito sa gobyerno, parang wala na kami [There are people in the world you cannot fool, like you’re making a fool of the government, like we’re nothing],” Duterte said during the national peace and order council meeting in Davao City Thursday.

“If I cannot dispose of you, neutralize you, I will resign as President. Inutil ako [I’d be inutile],” he said.

The President on Thursday night released the list of politicians, including three members of the House of Representatives and several mayors and vice mayors who are allegedly involved in the drug trade.

He said the government has filed charges against these drug-linked politicians, most of them running in the upcoming elections, before the Office of the Ombudsman. The release of the narco-list was made ahead of the May elections.

In the same speech, Duterte slammed drug offenders especially those who killed policemen, saying they deserved to die.

“There’s something wrong with you. Talagang g*** ka at dapat ka talagang mamatay p***** i** mo [You son of a b*tch, you must really die]. Why do you do that to your country? And who would ever enjoy a country that is a failed state or in disarray?” he said.

He also hit back at suspected big-time drug traffickers in the provinces for their lavish lifestyles. He said some buy fancy sports cars, send their children to schools abroad, and take extravagant travels abroad.

“They flaunt their joys and their happiness at the expense of the Filipino blood,” he said.

Despite facing criticisms from rights group, Duterte affirmed his resolve to pursue the anti-drug crackdown, saying he would not allow the country to become a failed state.

“I will just be clear that the last remaining years ko will be the most dangerous years for a person into trafficking sa drugs,” he said.

Read more: 46 local officials in Duterte’s narcolist