Duterte wants cop killers killed rather than captured alive; offers P300k additional reward

Published July 22, 2019, 11:40 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Genalyn Kabiling

President Duterte has offered an additional P300,000 on top of the P1 million reward if the mastermind behind the killing of the four policemen in Negros Oriental is presented dead. 

Pres. Rodrigo Duterte (YOUTUBE)
Pres. Rodrigo Duterte (YOUTUBE)

The President raised the bounty as he denounced the torture and killing of the policemen shortly after delivering his State of the Nation Address (SONA) before the joint session of Congress Monday. 

“Mas gusto kong patay sila. Kung patay sila, magdagdag pa ako ng 300 [I prefer them dead. If they are dead, I would add another P300,000] So it’s one million three hundred. Just bring me the head of that idiot leader there. One million. No questions asked,” the President said in an interview with reporters after his public address at the Batasang Pambansa. 

“All he has to do is give a little information or magpatay sila ng kung sino-sino. Basta one million ako. Kasi masama ang loob ko kung bakit ganun [because I’m angry why it had to happen],” he added. 

The President said he initially offered P1 million for the leader of the bandits who killed the four policemen in Negros. He deplored the violent attack on the cops, saying they endured “traumatic blows” on the body before being executed.

“For all of the years, I said, I’ve been mayor in Davao. And for the many times that I went to the mountains to retrieve captured soldiers and policemen, ni wala akong nakita ni isang trauma,” he said. 

“Ito dito, pinatay nila, pinaghampas-hampas nila at ginulgol ‘yung leeg. Kaya galit ako sa mga p***** i**** ‘yan,” he added. 

The four policemen were allegedly tortured and killed by suspected communist rebels in Ayungon, Negros Oriental. 

Last Saturday, the President visited the wake of the policemen and posthumously conferred the Order of Lapu-Lapu Rank of Kalasag to the slain cops namely  Police Cpl. Relebert Beronio and Patrolmen Raffy Callao, Ruel Cabellon, and Marquino de Leon.