PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has issued a shoot-to-kill order against “narco-politicians” who resist arrest.
The President is expected to announce the names of “narco-politicians” anytime Friday.
In a statement, Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said Duterte’s order is ”congruent” with his policy of maintaining peace and order in the country.
However, Abella clarified that the shoot-on-sight order that the President had issued against the narco-politicians would only be in case they resist arrest by authorities.
“He has given due and ample notice that the clear and present danger of drugs engulfing the nation will be addressed and law enforcers will neutralize those who resist or endanger the lives of arresting officers,” Abella said.
Earlier, Duterte demanded Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. and his son, Kerwin, to surrender on the grounds of drug trafficking and coddling drug pushers.
The elder Espinosa has already surrendered, while Kerwin remains at large.
In Davao City, Duterte said he would answer for government forces involved in shooting incidents in compliance with his order.
“For as long as it is done in the performance of the duty by the police and soldiers, that’s my responsibility, that is my official and personal guarantee,” the President said.
“If there are police involved in an encounter, do not investigate them anymore, that is my order,” he added.