By Genalyn Kabiling
Red flags have been raised in Lucena City in Quezon province and in Batangas due to the proliferation of illegal drugs, President Duterte revealed Wednesday night amid the government’s efforts to combat the narcotics trade.
The President identified the two places listed on the “map of the drug scene” during the PDP-Laban campaign rally in Batangas City, adding that he would be happy to kill criminals.
“Talagang sabi ko pupunta ako ng Batangas. Please do not be offended, tutal para sa bayan man ‘to at wala ho akong tinutukoy na tao dito,” (I said I will go to Batangas. Please do not be offended, this is for the country and I am not mentioning anyone). I talk in general terms,” Duterte said.
“Apparently, Lucena and Batangas right now appear to be in the — with a red flag in the map of sa drug scene,” he added.
With the two places placed on the drug map, the President has pledged to hunt down those involved in the illegal drugs and criminality during his term. He explained that he has a mandate to preserve and protect the Filipino nation from the threats of drugs and criminality.
“Do not f*** with drugs because if you destroy my country while I am there sitting, p***** i** mo papatayin talaga kita [son of a b*tch I will really kill you],” he said.
“Diyan ako galit. Kaya sabi ko talagang pupunta ako dito. Naka-red flag kayo eh. Lucena pati Batangas. Marami. Kaya bukas mag-harvest na naman tayo. Eh kaligaya ko na lang pumatay ng p***** i**** kriminal (This really makes me angry so I said I will really go here. Lucena and Batangas have been red flagged. Tomorrow we will start to harvest. It’s my happiness to kill these son of the b*tch criminals),” he said.
Earlier, the President revealed that there were six big-time drug offenders trading in Cagayan, Baguio, and Mountain Province. He has vowed to run after these suspected drug lords during the remainder of his term.
In Batangas, Duterte acknowledged that the government had difficulty combating the drug problem amid the involvement of foreign drug cartels such as the Sinaloa syndicate of Mexico and the Bamboo Triad of Asia.
The illegal drugs smuggled into the country have reached billions in recent months, compared to only millions years ago, according to the President.
“Araw-araw ‘yan, lumulutang diyan sa region pati dito sa inyo at doon sa Catanduanes kasi pera. At ang cartel ng Mexico, nag-combine ng — ‘yung Bamboo Triad dito sa Asia (Everyday you will find drugs floating in your region and in Catanduanes because of money and the combined forces of the cartel in Mexico and the Bamboo Triad of Asia]
“Klase-klase ‘yan, mga Thailander, lahat na, China. Not the country but the citizens, ‘yung mga gangster nila. Kaya hirap tayo (There are classes, the Thais, China. Not the country but the citizens, the gangsters. That’s why we’re having difficulty),” he added.
Tthe President cautioned anew mayors, barangay captains, and other government personnel not to collude with drug syndicates. He warned that he would not hesitate to take them out for their involvement in drugs.