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    ZERO TOLERANCE President-elect Rodrigo Duterte delivers an hour-long speech at the Davao Economic Forum, warning that he has zero tolerance for drugs and corruption.  PHOTO CONTRIBUTED BY SULONG PILIPINAS

    ZERO TOLERANCE President-elect Rodrigo Duterte delivers an hour-long speech at the Davao Economic Forum, warning that he has zero tolerance for drugs and corruption. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED BY SULONG PILIPINAS

    SAYING he has zero tolerance for illegal drugs, President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday warned mayors involved in illegal drug operations he would kill those who would ruin children’s lives.

    Speaking at the end of a two day Economic Forum in Davao City, Duterte gave a hint on how he will implement his campaign to stop drugs and criminality, beginning with the deployment of a “company of policemen” who will be given “special” assignments by him.

    “If you destroy my children, I will kill you,” Duterte declared during an hour-long speech.

    “I have zero tolerance on drugs and criminality. I would never preside over the affairs of the country with a corrupt police and [with]drugs abound destroying the lives of Filipinos,” he said.

    The incoming President particularly lashed at 32 elected mayors who, according to him, are known to be involved in illegal drug operations. He did not name them but warned that he knew all of them.

    “[For] mayors who are into drugs, I will catch up with you. When I meet you in one corner… I warn you,” Duterte said.

    The President-elect claimed that if nothing is done to curb the problem of illegal drugs, the country is very likely to become a “narco” state.

    “The youth are affected, you have crossed the red line… If [we]do not do something with the situation, seven years from now this country will become [embroiled in]narco politics.

    There are mayors who are backers of drugs. There are 32 who won the elections because of drug money,” he pointed out, apparently referring to the May 9 polls.

    “Watch out. As long as I’m in government, I will not allow it,” Duterte said.

    He took a swipe at Commission on Human Rights Chairman Chito Gascon, who was critical of Duterte’s “deadly methods.”

    “Tell Gascon I will not follow him… If they kill upon my orders, that is mine,” Duterte said, adding that if his men will be subpoenaed by the Office of the Ombudsman or any investigating body, they may refuse it.

    “You tell the Ombudsman to instead send the subpoena to Duterte,” he quipped.

    He said he will order a massive revamp of the Philippine National Police and that he will personally handpick those who will compose the company-sized police unit that he will tap for the anti criminality drive.

    “Mine is to promote peace and for the people to be comfortable. The children will have the streets back to them. Just give me the luxury of time,” the incoming President added.

    Along with his campaign against illegal drugs, the President-elect said he will also stop graft and corruption.

    “Corruption must stop. Now. Ayoko talaga sa [I really hate] corruption, it makes me sick,” he added.

    Battling ASG
    Duterte said he will not hesitate to do full battle with the Abu Sayyaf Group, which recently beheaded two Canadians.

    “This Abu Sayyaf, just give me the luxury of time. I cannot do it immediately. There are things that I need which we don’t have now,” he said. “There will be a reckoning and when it comes, I would just say surrender unconditionally, release all prisoners, hostages, or we will fight.”

    Duterte said he wants to get the support of Muslim rebel groups and the assurance that they are not helping the terrorist group.

    “I have to have a firm commitment from our brothers Moro about the continuity of the talks,” he added.

    “As soon as I get that guarantee [that your intention is really]peaceful and that you are not protecting terrorists, then when I have it in my hands, I will be ready to confront [the Abu Sayyaf]. Tapusin na talaga natin [Let us finish them off],” Duterte said.

    He reiterated his hopes to unify the country under his administration.

    “My dream is really that one day all Filipinos would just say Filipinos and we do not at all mention [if]he’s Left or Right, he’s a Moro rebel or a Moro terrorist, and he can live in peace,” he added.

    “I have six years to do it.”

    WITH CATHERINE S. VALENTE

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    25 Comments

    1. @Manuel Quezon
      Don’t compare him to the likes of Kim Jong Un. Duterte is a threat to anyone who opposes the law, not some madman testing missile launches. You shouldn’t be afraid of him… Unless you’re involved in illegal activities.

    2. Duterte is more like of a Lee Kuan Yew style of Singapore. Few words but focused on what he says. This is the only nation so far that I had seen before where a roving cop has no need for a service firearm, anytime anywhere is peaceful, I’ve never heard of narco at the streets. I’ve never seen how they evolved into this condition at the start, but I heard narratives that it was bloody at their early years long time ago.

    3. Finally we have someone to clean-up our country. Go get them Rody. Let’s help the Pres. Pinoy and Pinay this is your chance.

    4. When 17 million people wanted a dictator to change the conditions in the Republic of the Philippines, the voice of 1,000 philosophers would not matter, the voice of 10,000 priests, religious leaders and moralists who think they are closer to God than a dictator would not matter, and the voice of 1,000,000 diplomats, political advisers, legal luminaries, and experts in whatever field would not matter.

    5. jose b. taganahan on

      I believe Pres.-elect Duterte will have the support of the Filipino people if he makes good on running on Mayors who are into the drug trade

    6. 17 million people wanted a dictator to change the conditions in the Republic of the Philippines. So be it.

    7. Give credit when credit is due. I applaud Mr. Duterte for thinking of our children as they are only hope to curb corruption. In order for you to lead, you have to serve. Pres. Aquino must be praised for making our country the most resilient with good economic numbers to show among other countries according to the Harvard Business review and other foreign technocrats. Mr. DUterte will do his best as his name and family reputation is at stake. I don’t agree with his choice of words but his sentiments I share with him. Let us all be steadfast, still and patient. More power to you Me. Deterrent.

    8. Marami pong nagsasabi na in Laguna daw:

      1) San Pablo City, Laguna: Amante’s are drug lords of this city for a veryyyyyy looooong time already. Dama Amante is the king.

      2) Alaminos, Laguna: Vice Mayor Ruben Alvarez and family – mabait na tao, drug lord nga lang.

      Magtanong-tanong po sa mga tao… pero imposibleng hindi ito alam ng kapulisan…

    9. Includes in your elimination illigal gambling Last two rampant in Davao City.. prioritize to kill all druglords kc puro lang naman kadalasan runner ang napapatay . isali nyo na ang mga police na kumikita sa drugs para masabi naman natin na hindi selective ang mandate nyo..

    10. Matino na Pinoy on

      Corrections uncle Digong, Philippines has passed the “narco” state and we are now a lawless state. It is true, that PNP has produced so many criminals, and this agency needs cleansing along with PDEA, when referring to illegal drugs, from manufacturing to distributions, and anywhere in between. Kidnap for ransom, guns for hire, protectors of gun running, drug manufacturer, whole seller, retailer, and finally to street level. What about Senators, Congressman, Governors that are involved or protecting drug lords? people from DOJ as well, protecting the Director or Superintendent of NBP, and in turn protecting those convicts to do their business as usual? I hope, uncle Digong’s campaign is for everybody and anybody regardless of their religion, class in the society, nationality, sexy, good looking and ungly, they would be treated just the same. Deal with political corruption as well, uncle Digong.

      • Notice to Duterte: I hope it is not to late . You will be fighting a major battle. Our prayers are with you. You have to fight fire by fire.

    11. Flash Gordon on

      Duterte is very much Better than ABnoy. Duterte is Lawyer, ABnoy is Bakla. Kaya lahat ng decision puro kabaklaan.. Puro paninira sa mga kalaban pero pinapampers lahat ng pampers sa Cabinet nya. Ay naku, Bakla, makukulong ka na kasama m cla Marimar Talunan Lagi, Kalbo Abad, Hipopotamus Drilon at si Kurakot Palpak ABaya.

    12. Duterte is very much Better than ABnoy. Duterte is Lawyer, ABnoy is Bakla. Kaya lahat ng decision puro kabaklaan.. Puro paninira sa mga kalaban pero pinapampers lahat ng pampers sa Cabinet nya. Ay naku, Bakla, makukulong ka na kasama m cla Marimar Talunan Lagi, Kalbo Abad, Hipopotamus Drilon at si Kurakot Palpak ABaya.

    13. Duterte is very much Better than ABnoy. Duterte is Lawyer, ABnoy is Bakla. Kaya lahat ng decision puro kabaklaan.. Puro paninira sa mga kalaban pero pinapampers lahat ng pampers sa Cabinet nya. Ay naku, Bakla, makukulong ka na.

      • relax ka lang, di naman pwede sabay sabay. Di hamak na mas importante ang drugs, abu sayyaf, corruption at traffic. fYI ang jueteng, free will ng tao wla naman pumipilit na tumaya sila e, madami pa nga nagtatrabaho dyan para sa pamilya nila. You have to weight things.

      • you wait! stop being impatient! President Duterte will leave NO stone unturned – impress this in ur mind!

    14. Manuel Quezon on

      Ay Dios mio! Good grief!! The world just added another mad man as leader of a country! This President-elect, likes to take the law into his own hands by telling the media he will kill drug pushers, corrupt mayors, policemen and even Justice Secretary De Lima! Great, this is just what the world needs, more mad man, like North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un with his bad hair cut and nuclear arsenals, Venezuela communist Nicholas Maduro, known for destroying the his country’s economy, Vladimir Putin of Russia, Erdogan of Turkey, now Duterte of the Philippines! Someone please save the Republic of the Philippines!

      • I dont know how the way you think!

        … for you, may you dont like how DU30 wants to save our young citizens. His campaign is not for just one person giving wealthy favour.

        May be you are from the YELLOW’s

        Have a nice day…

      • obviously, u have so many “black” skeletons in ur closet that made u apprehensive of and that u damn well know President Duterte will NEVER turn a blind eye on!

      • You just got saved with this new President.With so many in the past it was same and got worse. Pinoy finally got change and hope.Relax..mybe you can’t cause you are one of the past and bias.

      • rogel sanfuego on

        It is better that way kesa hindi mo alam kung kelan mabibiktima ang mga anak mo in partikular.atleast alam mo na may lumalaban sa mga drug lords at kurapsyon,hindi tulad ng amo mo mong puro blame sa martial law ang alam…

    15. Allen llamar on

      Includes in your elimination a political clan in Abuyog, Leyte the TRAYAS, illegal logging, lotto and probably drugs they are into it.