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Duterte warns rogue policemen: ‘You will go ahead first’

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday warned so-called “ninja cops” ir rogue policemen who allegedly “recycle” illegal drugs that they “would die first.”

In his speech during the launch of Golden Topper Corporate in Pasay City, Duterte reiterated his warning to criminals not to “destroy my country” as “I will kill you.”

“I’m trying to make this world a better one. It’s not easy. People are sometimes swayed by just an appeal. They can be made to obey by just giving the advice. But there are some people like policemen, you have to beg, but they’re at it again, and they sell drugs and they go scot-free and they think that they are the lords of this country. well, I’m sorry to tell you, everybody dies in this world but you will go ahead first. Remember that,” Duterte said.

“May I just say, and I have repeated it several times that if  you go into drugs or if you are a drug lord, or importing or manufacturing drugs in this country and you destroy my country in this process, I will kill you. Make no doubt about it. Even with the United Nations listening, I will kill you. Period,” he added.

Duterte issued the warning a day after the Senate decided to reveal the identities of the rogue policemen who have allegedly been involved in the recycling of illegal drugs seized in police operations back to the streets.

The names and information were gathered during the Blue Ribbon and Justice Committees executive session last week with a retired top police official, who submitted the names of the ninja cops to the Senate.

Of the 87 policemen previously suspected of ties to the narcotics trade, only seven remained under watch, Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde had said.

Earlier on Wednesday, National Capital Region Police Office Chief Guillermo Eleazar identified the “drug queen” tagged by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency as the person involved in the recycling of seized drugs in cahoots with corrupt policemen.

In  a text message to The Manila Times, Eleazar said Guia Gomez Castro was the chairman of Barangay 484 Zone 48 in Sampaloc although she failed to take her oath of office.

Eleazar also showed a matrix on Tuesday showing the link between the seven Metro Manila policemen and Castro.

Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go had said that Duterte had ordered the consolidation of names of cops allegedly involved in the reselling of seized illegal drugs.

Go said Duterte was furious after learning that bad eggs remained among the ranks of the police, more than three years after the government launched a relentless campaign against the illegal drug trade.

“Soon I think he would personally announce. Importante po si pangulo magsasabi (It’s important that he announces it),” Go told reporters.


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